West Benhar Wind Energy Project

Partnerships for Renewables is working with the Forestry Commission in Scotland to explore the potential for siting wind turbines in the West Benhar plantation.

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Environmental Studies

Forestry Commission Scotland and Partnerships for Renewables will only develop wind turbines in appropriate locations. To achieve this a number of detailed studies will be carried out during the development process to ensure that any inappropriate sites are not developed, and that good sites are accompanied by a complete and thorough planning application.

Study work will be carried out in consultation with all of the relevant statutory consultees including Scottish Natural Heritage, Ministry of Defence, Civil Aviation Authority and the various relevant environmental bodies.

The studies carried out include:

Access: The aim of this work is to ensure that we can get all of the required machinery (turbine components, cranes etc.) onto the proposed site.

Archaeology: This work identifies sites of archaeological interest in or around the proposed location. The information gathered influences the layout of the final proposal.

Aviation: Potential impacts on radar is identified and addressed in consultation with the Ministry of Defence, the National Air Traffic Service and the Civil Aviation Authority.

Civils: Requirements for onsite roads, foundations and other civil engineering work is identified and assessed.

Cultural Heritage: Historic monuments and buildings are identified. The information gathered influences the layout of the final proposal.

Ecology: Local plant life is identified and local biodiversity is assessed to ensure that the final proposal is designed sympathetically to the local environment.

Grid Connection: The likely route and specification of the grid connection is identified.

Hydrology: Water flow onsite is assessed and any potential impacts are identified to ensure that the final design will not have a negative impact on water courses and private water supplies.

Landscape and Visual: The visual appearance of the proposal is assessed from agreed key locations. Photomontages are produced for the final planning application.

Microwave links and Telecommunications: All microwave and telecommunication links across or adjacent to the site are identified. The information gathered influences the layout of the final proposal.

Noise: A noise assessment is carried out to ensure that the amenity of local residents is not negatively affected by the development.

Ornithology: Bird activity in and around the site is investigated including identification of nesting sites, flight patterns, migratory routes and feeding grounds. The information gathered is used to ensure that the proposal is designed sympathetically to the local birdlife.

Wind Resource: It is important to gain a good understanding of the local wind resource to ensure that the final proposal is financially viable, turbines are located in good locations and the correct turbines are selected for the project.

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Last updated on: 12/11/2012