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Beinn an Tuirc Phase 3

Postby powertothepeople » Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:39 pm

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Project Details
Location Approximately 7.5 kilometres north of Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula
Stage Currently under development, with a planning application due to be submitted in 2015
No. Turbines 19 turbines with a maximum height of 126 metres from the base to the tip of the blade at its highest point
Operating Capacity up to 38 megawatts

Project History
We have operated Beinn an Tuirc Windfarm since 2001, with the site’s 45 turbines generating up to 30 megawatts power. Construction of Beinn an Tuirc Windfarm Phase 2 is complete and has increased the number of turbines on site to 64, with a total generating capacity of up to 68 megawatts.

We identified an area to the south of these windfarms as a location suitable for a further extension. This area is within a 'broad area for search for windfarm development, as identified by Argyll and Bute Council. This project is called Beinn an Tuirc Windfarm Phase 3.

Community Consultation
We visited local communities in July 2013 to introduce our proposals and again in February and March 2014 to provide a further update. The feedback received through consultation, along with data obtained through extensive environmental survey work has shaped the final design of the windfarm.

As responsible developers of renewable energy we strive to be good neighbours in all aspects of our work. We are committed to Argyll and Bute and to maximising opportunities for local communities to benefit from our projects.

We have contributed over £635,000 in community benefit funds to support those local to our projects, which has funded fantastic initiatives like:

• Maintenance and upkeep of the Kintyre Way and Cowal Way walking routes

• Display boards at Inveraray Bell Tower

• Largieside Ploughing Match

• The role of a local Development Officer in association with Colintraive & Glendaruel Development Trust

• Work experience places and an interactive exhibition kiosk for ‘Here We Are Cairndow’

• Installation of a hearing loop at Glenary & Inveraray Parish Church

• Refurbishment, maintenance and upgrade to Campbeltown Picture House and several village halls including Peninver, Clachan and Whitehouse

Together with ALIenergy (Argyll, Lomond & the Islands Energy Agency) and Argyll and Bute Council, we have supported the role of a local education officer since 2007. This role was designed to raise awareness about renewable energy across region, working with school children and community gorups.

We have committed to a further three years of funding towards the delivery of a new Renewable Education & Development Officer to be managed by ALIenergy. This commitment of over £100,000 is anticipated to focus on broadening and strengthening the skills base locally as well as promoting employability skills and preparing school leavers for local opportunities. This role will start in early 2015.

As an active member of Argyll and Bute Renewable Alliance (ABRA), we are working with Argyll and Bute Council and local stakeholders to ensure that renewable energy boosts the local economy and creates opportunities for local people.
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