Plans for proposed increase in wind turbine capacity to go on show

Local people will have an opportunity to see for themselves the intentions of a renewable energy firm who plan to increase the size and number of wind turbines on a Moray beauty spot

Dutch firm Infinergy where given planning permission by the Scottish Government three years ago to build 59 turbines near the Cabrach – despite objections from residents.

Now the company say that they wish to increase the number of turbines to at least 62 – while increasing their height from the original 375feet to 450feet, increasing their capacity from 177mw to 220mw when the turbines finally connect to the national grid in 2018.

Infinergy boss Esjjorn Wilmar said: “Technology has moved on considerably since the original application was submitted. There are now turbines on the market which will make better use of the outstanding wind speeds without compromising the area’s beauty and ecology.

“Maximising output from the site will make in important contribution to the renewable energy targets that have been set by the Scottish Government as part of policy to ensure greater diversity and security of electricity supplies.”

The firm, who expect to submit their new plans to the Scottish Government in October, will host open days at the Grouse Inn, Lower Cabrach on Tuesday, June 17 from 2pm to 7pm and at the Mortlach Memorial Hall, Dufftown on June 19 at the same times.

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