PLANS for a 14-turbine wind farm in the Borders have been filed with the council.
The Greystone Knowe development – around 2.5 km west of Fountainhall – is a joint venture between ESB and Coriolis Energy, according to papers submitted as part of the application.
Scotland’s current climate change ambitions has been given as a reason for the proposed turbines, which would have a maximum tip height of 180m.
Documents submitted to the council state: “The UK and Scotland’s current climate change ambitions are amongst the highest in Europe. The Scottish government declared a climate emergency in May 2019 and has recently passed the Climate Change Bill which has passed into law the requirement for a 100 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2045 and an interim target of 70 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030.
“Looking beyond to 2030, the Scottish Energy Strategy target for 50 per cent of total energy demand (including from heat and transport) from renewable sources implies a further substantial increase in delivery required.
“As such, the Scottish Government looks to encourage all renewable and low carbon solutions for meeting the energy target.”
On the location, the report adds: “The Greystone Knowe project area has not formed a part of any previously proposed onshore wind development and has the capacity to make a valuable contribution to national policy aims.
“In addition, experience in the local community now indicates that the shared benefits of wind energy development can make a valuable contribution towards local community needs through community benefit funds as well as investment and employment during construction.”
If approved, the turbines would be the biggest of the operational wind farms within 15km of the site.
According to the papers, there are three developments within that radius.
Carcant, near Heriot, has three turbines with a maximum height of 107m, while Oxton’s Toddleburn has 12 turbines with the tallest at 125m. The turbines at Longpark wind farm, near Stow, stand at a maximum of 110m, the report states.
If approved, the turbines would be a matt grey colour.
The papers add: “Although off-white has been an accepted colour for turbines, more recently constructed wind turbines have been a mid grey tone, which reduces the distance over which turbines are visible, especially in dull weather or low light conditions.”