Blairadam Wind Energy Project

Partnerships for Renewables is working with the Forestry Commission in Scotland to explore the potential for siting wind turbines in the Blairadam Forest.

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Blairadam Application Submitted

Published: 28/01/2014


Partnerships for Renewables has submitted a planning application to Fife Council for a wind energy development in the Blairadam Forest. The application was registered by Fife Council on 24 January 2014.

This 22.55 MW application is submitted through its partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) and follows over two years of extensive environmental and technical studies of the site.

Alan Mathewson, Regional Manager at Partnerships for Renewables, said:

“We have spent considerable time looking at the forest and have identified a specific area for development on the west side of Blairadam. This 11 turbine proposal will have the capacity to generate over 55 GWh of green electricity per annum – enough to power almost 13,000 homes*.” 

If the planning application is successful then a market leading community benefit fund will be available, offering £5,000 per installed megawatt which could provide in excess of £2.5 million for the local area over the life of the development. Local communities will also be given the opportunity to invest directly in the project and consultation with local communities will continue throughout the planning process to establish the best way of delivering a long term benefits.

FCS signed an agreement with Partnerships for Renewables at the beginning of 2010 to look at all the potential Forestry Commission Scotland sites in both the Lowlands and Scottish Borders districts. Having identified over a dozen sites through the initial screening process, the hope is to deliver over 200MW of installed capacity between the two districts with community investment opportunities for the sites being granted planning permission.

FCS is keen to ensure that any development will allow them to increase resources and enhance facilities across the forest estate and it is hoped that this development in Blairadam will improve access and use of the forest once construction is complete.

The complete planning application can be viewed on the Fife Council planning portal with an application reference number 14/00008/EIA

Hard copies of the application are also on display in the following locations:

 

  • Fife Council, Enterprise Planning and Protective Services, Kingdom House, Kingdom Avenue, Glenrothes, Fife KY7 5LY

 

  • Kelty Library, Cocklaw Street, Kelty, KY4 0DD

 

  • Townhill Branch Library, Townhill Community Centre, Main St, KY12 0EN

 

* Please note that the environmental benefit figures are based upon 11 x 2.05 MW with a total installed capacity of 22.55 MW, operating with a 27.9% capacity factor*, average household electricity use of 4,266 kWh per annum, and the electricity generated displacing electricity from CCGT (0.43 kgCO2/kWh) or the 5 year average fuel mix (0.465 kgCO2/kWh).

 

Craig Mullen

Partnerships for Renewables

craig.mullen@pfr.co.uk


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