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WilloWind Announces Consultation for Wind Farm at Gass

16/06/2014

WilloWind Energy Ltd has announced it is preparing to enter into a period of public consultation regarding proposed plans to construct a new wind farm on land to the North East of Glenluce in Dumfries and Galloway.

The proposed development, to be called Gass Wind Farm, is expected to consist of nine turbines, each with a rated power of 2.3 MW of electricity, giving a total capacity of 20.7 MW.

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Suki Atwal, one of the founding directors of WilloWind, will be managing all of WilloWind’s Scottish projects, including Gass Wind Farm.

Following an initial scoping study, the site, which is 8 km North East of Glenluce and 12 km West of Newton Stewart, was deemed to be suitable for 19 turbines each with a rated power of 3MW, with an installed capacity of 57 MW and been the subject of a Section 36 order to be determined by Scottish Ministers.

However, following a review of the study and further site design analysis and constraints work, WilloWind have moderated the scheme to nine turbines with reduced rated power, which will now be determined by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Commenting on the new proposal, Mr Atwal said: “We are currently looking to develop a number of sites in Scotland, which will represent a significant investment by WilloWind. Having considered the scoping report for Gass Wind Farm we’ve now decided to proceed with a smaller scheme of nine turbines.”

“We believe this is an excellent site for a wind farm and I look forward to having discussions with representatives of the local community, councillors and planning officials in the coming weeks as we move to progress this development.”

WilloWind seek to provide a community benefit fund amounting to £5,000 for every MW of installed capacity, which in the case of the Gass Wind Farm could amount to in excess of £100,000 per year.”

Discussions regarding the distribution of the fund have already been held with the community councils in New Luce, Old Luce and Kirkcowan. WilloWind are now looking to have wider engagement with other communities in Wigtownshire to consider support for delivery of community projects, investment in skills and training for local residents and support for local businesses.

In addition WilloWind are organising a series of public exhibitions to give the local community the chance to see the plans for themselves and give their comments.

These will be held on Monday June 23 in Glenluce Public Hall from 12 to 6pm, Tuesday June 24 in New Luce Public Hall and Wednesday June 25 in St Cowan’s Hall, Kirkcowan, both from 2 to 8pm.

 

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