Consultation on proposed Kintyre wind farm gets off the ground

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The renewable energy developer behind a proposed Kintyre wind farm has begun a public consultation exercise to inform people about the project.

Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Ireland’s part state-owned electricity utility company, is holding three in-person open days this month on the proposed West Torrisdale Wind Farm project.

The company, which provides power to more than 1.5 million customers, including businesses and householders across Scotland and the rest of the UK, also plans to publish a consultation page on its website.

The project, which could see up to nine turbines located close to the operational wind farms of Beinn an Tuirc and Blary Hill, would have around 54 MW of capacity along with a battery storage system, using turbines of up to 149.9m to tip in height.

All of the appropriate Covid-19 guidance will be followed at the public information events, the first of which was due to take place in Glenbarr Village Hall yesterday, from 1pm to 7pm.

The two remaining consultation days will be held in Carradale Village Hall today (Friday, December 10), from 1pm to 7pm, and tomorrow (Saturday, December 11), from 11am to 5pm.

If members of the public are unable to visit in person, all of the information, including how to comment or ask any questions, will be available on the project website  at www.esbenergy.co.uk/west-torrisdale-wind-farm until the end of the month.

‘We are looking forward to seeing communities in person on our public information days,’ said Duncan Scott, project director.

‘West Torrisdale will make a valuable contribution not only to the renewable energy targets that the government has set, and which have been reinforced by the recent COP26 in Glasgow, but will also offer the opportunity for the local community to benefit both through a community benefit fund, and also the potential for shared ownership.’