EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) is looking at developing a new 17 turbine wind farm adjacent to Fallago Rig in the Lammermuirs.
Fallago Rig 2 would see the overall capacity at the site increase by 61.2 megawatts (MW). The two schemes combined would be capable of producing enough low carbon electricity to power up to 135,000 homes .
However, Mark Rowley, chairman of Lammermuir Community Council expects there to be “widespread local dismay” at the proposals.
He added: “The Lammermuir Hills Special Landscape Area will be pointlessly trashed with larger turbines to satisfy the greed of corporate investors and landowners.
“There seems little need for further development in the Lammermuirs when Scotland already has the capacity to generate more than it needs.
“Ministers need to come to the Borders and see the haphazard landscape change that they are causing which is doing little for the communities it most affects.”
EDF ER will undertake wide ranging environmental studies as part of its investigations into the potential for the new turbines and will consult with local people and organisations on the plans.
EDF ER is keen to build on the local benefits generated by the original project including potential opportunities for local contractors. Fallago Rig 2 will also have its own substantial community benefit fund which will be in addition to the fund already associated with the existing Fallago Rig wind farm. EDF ER is keen to hear feedback from local people as to how this additional fund could best be put to use in the area surrounding the site.
As part of the consultation process, there will be an initial opportunity to view the proposals on January 27 and 28 in Lauder and Gifford Village halls from 2pm – 7.30pm. These will provide a first look at the plans and allow local residents to provide feedback. Further opportunities to view the plans will be made available in due course.
Following the consultation, EDF ER plans to submit an application for consent to the Scottish Government later this year.
Project manager for the Fallago Rig 2 development, Margaret Hanson said: ““Fallago Rig has already contributed millions of pounds to the local economy, as well as supporting a number of environmental projects through the existing community benefit fund managed by the Tweed Forum. Building on the environmental and economic benefits of Fallago Rig would be a key priority for us in our plans to build new turbines at Fallago Rig 2.”