An extra 19 more turbines at Aikengall

Aikengall wind farm

Aikengall wind farm

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Planning consent has been given for a 19 turbine extension to the Aikengall IIa wind farm in the Lammermuirs.

Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown approved the extension to the wind farm near Cockburnspath where 48 turbines were consented in 2009 and a further 19 in 2013.

The development by Community Wind Power Ltd will: generate up to £9.4 million in community benefit, to be divided equally between local communities; support the creation of around 100 jobs; and have a generating capacity around 75.5MW, enough to power the equivalent of almost 35,000 homes.

The Cabinet Secretary agreed with the findings of Public Local Inquiry Reporters who recommended granting consent after the number of turbines was reduced from 27 to 19.

Scottish Borders Council East Lothian Council, and local community councils all objected to the extension.

Mr Brown said: “Once operational, the Aikengall IIa wind farm will generate up to £9.4 million in community benefit, while producing enough electricity to power almost 35,000 homes and bringing jobs and investment to local communities.

“Renewable energy sources generated more than 56% of gross electricity consumption in Scotland in 2015, helping support our world-leading ambitions to become a low-carbon economy.

“The growth of onshore wind in recent years has been a key factor in the expansion of renewable energy in Scotland: creating jobs, providing secure and low-carbon energy and delivering significant local benefits.”