Camilty Appeal Successful
Partnerships for Renewables (PfR) has received planning consent for its 20.4 MW project at Camilty Forest near Harburn in West Lothian. The six turbine project, which was initially refused planning permission by West Lothian Council in February 2015, has been successfully appealed after the Scottish Government Planning and Environmental Appeals Division deemed that the proposal had many positive aspects.
The development is the second PfR project to be consented on the National Forest Estate since the leasing agreement with Forest Enterprise Scotland was established in 2010.
Alan Mathewson, Regional Manager at Partnerships for Renewables, commented:
“We are absolutely delighted that the Reporter has given Camilty the go-ahead after his detailed review of the project. Our work with Forest Enterprise Scotland on this project led to a strong proposal and the development will generate enough green electricity to power the needs of over 10,000* homes every year as well as contribute over £100k per annum for local communities over a 25 year period. ”
Stuart Chalmers, District Manager with Forest Enterprise Scotland in the Scottish Lowlands said:
“We are pleased that National Forest Estate will be the home for this development which will contribute to the Scottish Government’s ambitious renewable energy and climate change targets. Communities close to the development will be able to take advantage of substantial community benefit payments and will also have the option of investing in the scheme itself, generating an on-going income.”
* Environmental benefit figures are based upon six 3.4 MW turbines with a total installed capacity of 20.4 MW, operating with a 26% capacity factor, average household electricity use of 4,192 kWh per annum, and the electricity generated displacing electricity generated from CCGT/average fuel mix – approximately 430g CO2 / kWh.
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