The consultation deadline for a wind farm development closes on Sunday.
Glendye Wind Farm is located on the Fasque and Glendye Estates, approximately 2km from Fettercairn and 12km from Strachan. If approved, the wind farm will consist of 26 wind turbines with a tip height of up to 149.9m, and a generating capacity of >50MW. The project is being developed by Coriolis Energy and development partners ESB.
The developers claim that the project will benefit the local economy, through a community benefit fund and shared ownership scheme.
A group has been set up to oppose the development. “Save Clachnaben” has raised numerous concerns regarding the environmental impact of the turbines. Posting on Facebook the group stated: “Contrary to the environmental benefits proposed by the energy development group, the construction of wind turbines, their service roads, and grid connections will result in the irreparable destruction of peatlands that contribute significantly to the reduction of green house gases. According to WindAction.org, ‘When we build a wind farm on peat land it is self-defeating in terms of the environment.’
“Moreover, the developers fail to mention the blades of a turbine cover an area of 18,600 square meters—that’s roughly two and a half football fields, and spin at a brisk 80 meters per second (180 MPH) at the tips. The combination of 26 wind turbines will have a devastating impact on wildlife, especially rare and endangered birds such as nearby nesting Golden Eagles and Red Kites that use the hill’s up-draughts as a soaring aid.
“The development group claims the wind turbines will have a minimal affect on the visual landscape. However, the wind turbines stand at a height of 150m (500 feet) high, or the equivalent of a 28-story office building. Multiply this by 26 wind turbines, and one quickly gets the impression Coriolis and ESB will be building the equivalent of downtown Glasgow on the Cairn O’Mount. Statements made by the developers that Glendye Wind Farm will be good for the environment and will have little to no impact on the visual landscape certainly appear biased and naïve.
“Many believe this is just the beginning. At least 100 wind turbines are necessary for a wind farm to be economically feasible for a commercial enterprise. A reasonable person can easily conclude that if Glendye Wind Farm is approved, the simple economics will result in an expansion of wind turbines across the Cairn O’Mount potentially an order of magnitude above what is currently being proposed.
Perhaps most importantly, the landscape of the Cairn O’Mount and Lower Deeside is uniquely beautiful, spectacular, and unspoiled; which make it attractive to outdoor types, families, tourists, and of course those fortunate to call this area home. So, what is it’s value? The simple answer is that the landscape is priceless. ”
All representations should be made to the Scottish Government’s Consents Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org before November 11.