Minister opens Fallago Rig windfarm

Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, was in Berwickshire this week to open Fallago Rig windfarm.

At the official opening ceremony Mr Ewing said: “This 144 MW capacity site will move us closer to achieving our ambition to generate the equivalent of 100 per cent of our annual electricity demand from renewables by 2020.”

Among others invited by EDF Energy Renewables to the official event on Monday, was Cranshaws, Ellemford and Longformacus Community Council chairman, and outspoken critic of the development, Mark Rowley.

Declining the invitation ,Mr Rowley wrote back to EDF Energy Renewables: “Thank you for your kind invitation, I hope you will understand that such is the level of local disgust at the scale of landscape damage caused by Fallago, and other wind farms, it would be impossible to join your celebrations.

“I hope you have a very good turn out and that your guests have an opportunity to see the landscape damage that the combined greed of developers, operators and landowners is having across the Borders.”

Fallago Rig wind farm was granted consent by the Scottish Government in 2010 after a planning process that took five years and two public inquiries. North British Windpower received planning consent for development on Roxburghe Estates land and construction began in November 2011.

EDF invested in, then took over, the 48 turbine windfarm, which was commissioned in May this year.

Company chief executive officer Christian Egal said: “EDF Energy Renewables is extremely proud to have delivered this landmark development, which will produce low carbon electricity for approximately 90,000 households.”