Test mast erected on site of proposed Ard Ghaoth wind farm

January 16, 2012 | Renewables News

Work to erect a test wind mast on the site of a proposed new wind farm in Stirlingshire has been completed.

Hamilton-based Banks Renewables is developing plans for the Ard Ghaoth Wind Farm development, which would be situated on agricultural land to the north east of Drymen, and the 60m mast is being put in place to gather wind data which will be used to inform the development of the site.

Preparatory work has been taking place on site since a planning application for the test mast was approved in November, with only one objection lodged against the plans, and the actual installation of the mast was finalised just before Christmas.

Banks’ policy is to work with the communities in the vicinity of all its projects to deliver a range of economic, environmental and social benefits in partnership with those living in the area, and full details of the benefits that are proposed in association with the Ard Ghoath scheme will be outlined in the near future.

Colin Anderson, director of Banks Renewables, says: “The test mast is a slender, unobtrusive structure that will be used to gather information that we will use in completing our wind farm designs, and we’re very pleased to have now reached this landmark.

“The Ard Ghaoth wind farm would produce both enough renewable energy to meet the annual electricity consumptions needs of thousands of homes, and employment and commercial opportunities for local firms in the construction phase of the scheme.

“We are encouraged by the positive feedback we’ve had about our plans from local people who recognise the importance of generating more of the energy we all use from renewable sources, and we will continue to liaise closely with all interested parties as we move towards finalising our planning application.”

Banks is expecting to submit a planning application for the Ard Ghaoth wind farm in the spring.  Anyone with any queries about the scheme can contact the Banks Renewables’ community relations team on 0191 378 6100 or via enquiries@banksgroup.co.uk

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