April was a busy month for wind turbine applications

APRIL saw a rash of wind turbine applications in the Berwickshire area - four single turbine applications, an application for two turbines, one for a small windfarm of six turbines and a request for scoping information for two turbines.

There were three applications submitted to Scottish Borders Council for single wind turbines from the same company, Intelligent Land Investments (Renewable energy) - at Fala Knowe Farm, Coldingham, Sunnyside Farm, Reston, and Nether Huntlywood Farm, Gordon.

All the masts are 45.9 m high from blade to tip and in their applications Intelligent Land Investments said: “The electricity produced will be connected to the national grid to allow Scotland to meet its climate change obligations and meet the government’s renewable energy targets.”

Their argument in favour of the Fala Knowe Farm turbine at Coldingham is: “It is much smaller than turbines used at developments such as the Drone Hill Windfarm and so its impact will be less significant and more acceptable in the local area.”

A fourth application for a single wind turbine was submitted for Fellowhills Farm, Ladykirk. The original application, made in October 2011, for a 54 metre high turbine has been modified, according to applicant Ian Martin, because it was “not popular amongst the local community”.

He went on to say: “In order to lessen the impact the turbine siting has been altered by moving it to the west so it is screened from Ladykirk Church and reducing the height from 39 to 30 meters at the hub. There will be some loss of wind capture and therefore potential income as a result but this is considered minimal as the turbine is still fully exposed to the prevailing south-westerly wind.

“We are making this application to provide a stable form of income into the foreseeable future in view of the massive increases in fuel and energy costs which are presently eroding our farming viability.”

Tellus Energy Ltd is preparing an application for a wind energy project at Whiterig, near Lamberton. Initial plans had been for three turbines of up to 100 metres but after discussions with Scottish Borders Council planners and Historic Scotland this has been reduced to two turbines with a maximum height of 45 metres.

Also last month an application was submitted for two 34.4 metre turbines at Clockmill, on land north west of Cedar Cottage, Duns Castle.

Applicant Thomas Hodge said: “The proposal will use a favourable site to reduce and offset the greenhouse gas emissions, reduce exposure of the business to increasing energy prices and move toward energy independency.

“The proposal also seeks to take advantage of the Feed in Tariff.”

And finally an application was made by RDS Element Power Ltd for six 119 meter turbines at Monashee Farm, Grantshouse, plus permanent meteorological mast, substation and control building.

Scottish Power also put in an application to Scottish Borders Council last week for an extension of the existing electricity substation at Crystal Rig wind farm at Cranshaws, in order to connect the proposed Aikengall 2 windfarm to the National Grid.