Penmanshiel wind farm gets green light

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A renewable energy developer has been given the all clear to build a 14-turbine wind farm at Penmanshiel near Grantshouse after winning its appeal.

RES UK has welcomed the decision by the Scottish government to give it the green light after its original planning application was rejected by Scottish Borders Council.

RES originally applied for 15 turbines at Penmanshiel Moor, but after being turned down the company claimed Scottish Borders Council failed to decide on the firm’s application within required timescales.

The council said RES had not responded to requests to adjust its plans.

Through the appeal process, however, the project has been cleared after RES agreed to cut the number of turbines to 14 on visual impact grounds.

The turbines will be 100 metres high and an expected life of 25 years.

RES say Penmanshiel would make an important contribution to Scotland’s energy targets and deliver significant benefits to the local community.

Project manager Ruth Elder said: “We are delighted with the positive decision made by the Scottish government and we are pleased that through the removal of one turbine the project has been allowed to proceed.”

RES said the local community at Penmanshiel would receive a benefits package of £5,000 per installed megawatt once the wind farm is operational.