Glenkens turbines to reach 130m in height

Renewable energy company E.ON have increased the proposed height of turbines for a wind farm near Carsphairn.

Quantans Hill Wind Farm could feature up to 19 turbines with a height of 130m if the plans for the farm are approved.

E.ON claim the farm could power around 29,000 homes and also say on their website: “We chose the site as our initial studies have shown that the area’s wind resources, road access and connections to the national electricity network are all suitable for us to build a wind farm here. The site’s geographical layout means that the visual impact of the project can also be minimised.”

The public information session will be held at Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn on Tuesday 21 May between 3pm and 8pm.

Nick Taylor, Project Developer at E.ON, said: “We’d like to thank the community for the feedback they gave us at our public exhibitions back in September, which we’ve taken on board.

“Since then we’ve undertaken further studies and found it would be beneficial to raise the turbine tip height from 125m to 130m. This would increase our ability to match the best turbine model to the characteristics of the site.”

If the wind farm receives planning consent, E.ON say they will provide a community benefit fund worth £5,000 per MW.

The Scottish Government aims to provide the equivalent of 100 percent of Scotland’s gross annual electricity using renewables by 2020.

Anyone unable to attend an event, but interested in discussing the site should call 0800 096 1199, email swscotland@eon-uk.com or visit eon-uk.com/swscotland