Article repeated from – Energy Voice Article 15/9/2022

Controversy has been sparked over plans to build one of the tallest onshore wind farms in the UK, less than four miles from Banchory in Aberdeenshire.

Renewables developer RES is behind the 17-turbine development, each standing 820 feet tall and “theoretically visible” with viewpoints from 20 miles away in all directions; from Moray to Angus, according to planning documents.

The Hill of Fare wind farm has sparked outcry from campaigners opposing the development, while local residents are being urged to give their views in an upcoming consultation.

Its height will rival an extension to the Lethans Wind Farm planned for New Cumnock in East Ayrshire, billed as the “tallest on-land wind farm in the world”.

Hill of Fare will stand around 30ft short of those turbines, but still nearly twice the height of the Glasgow Tower, Scotland’s tallest building.

The site, being developed in partnership with Dunecht Estates, would have an expected generating capacity of around 122 megawatts if approved.

According to RES, it will produce enough electricity to power 90,000 homes and create a reduction in carbon emissions of approximately 142,000 tonnes each year.

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