17 turbine windfarm planned for Ayrshire

Independent renewable energy developer, RES, is inviting local people to attend a series of public exhibitions next week to learn about its plans for a 17 turbine wind farm, proposed on land between Patna and Dalmellington, in East Ayrshire.

The proposed Keirs Hill Wind Farm would use turbines which are a maximum of 149 metres in height to the tip of the blade and the site could be capable of generating up to 57.8 megawatts (MW) of clean, green electricity.

This is the renewable energy equivalent to the annual electricity demands of almost 33,000 homes – or approximately 61% of the households in East Ayrshire.

RES is consulting with local communities prior to submitting a planning application later this year and this week newsletters advertising the public exhibitions are due to hit doorsteps of 3,583 households.

These are all in the community council areas of Dalmellington, Patna and Straiton, Kirkmichael and Crosshill in Ayrshire.

Graeme Kerr, RES Project Manager, commented: “We are looking forward to welcoming local people and interested parties to these events to view our proposal and find out why we consider Keirs Hill a suitable site for this wind farm.

“Community consultation is an integral part of the development process for our projects and the RES team will be on hand to answer any questions the local community may have.”

The exhibitions will take place over three consecutive days, from 2pm to 7pm, at the following venues:

Tuesday 28 May - Patna Community Centre, Wednesday 29 May - Straiton Village Hall and Thursday 30 May – Dalmellington Community Centre.

RES says it is one of the world’s leading independent renewable energy project developers with operations across not only the UK and Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

At the forefront of wind energy development for over 30 years, RES has developed and/or built over 7.5GW of wind energy capacity worldwide.

In the UK alone, RES currently has more than 1GW of onshore wind energy either constructed, under construction or consented.

The RES Group is active in a range of renewable energy technologies including large-scale biomass, solar, wave and tidal and on-site renewable installations.

For more information, visit the www.res-group.com website.