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Public urged to comment on windfarm proposal

ENERGY company E.ON is urging the local community to have their say on plans for its proposed Quantans Hill wind farm near Carsphairn.

The wind farm would be located 15km South of Dalmellington and could feature up to 19 turbines which would produce up to 57mw of electricity - enough to power around 29,000 homes.

The local community is being invited to attend public exhibitions to view the proposed designs for the wind farm and share their opinions with E.ON’s team of wind farm experts.

The energy company has not yet applied for planning permission for this development but is hosting these events to give the local community another opportunity to find out more about the plans, before they can more formally input via Dumfries and Galloway Council next year.

Public exhibitions will be held at: Dalry Town Hall: 26 September, 1pm-8pm, Main Street, Dalry, DG7 3UW; Lagwyne Hall: 27 September, 1pm-8pm, Carsphairn.

Nick Taylor, Project Developer at E.ON, said: “We’ve been talking to the local community about this site for over a year now and we genuinely want to design a wind farm which works for E.ON, the local community and will help Scotland achieve its renewable energy targets.

“The Quantans Hill site is a good place for a wind farm in terms of weather conditions and access to infrastructure like roads and the local power network. We’re a very experienced and responsible developer, and will ensure that the local community have their views considered throughout the development of this wind farm.”

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

The Scottish Government has set ambitious targets for renewable energy generation and aims to provide the equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s gross annual electricity using renewables by 2020. The development of onshore wind farms plays a very important part in providing a low carbon energy mix for the future and Quantans Hill, if consented, would be a vital step towards achieving those targets and helping to keep the lights on.

If the wind farm receives planning consent, E.ON will provide a community benefit fund worth £5,000 per MW, which could be up to £285,000 per year, and would be used to support local projects throughout the lifetime of the wind farm and these projects will be decided on by local people.

 

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