In December 2018, the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit decided to refuse planning permission for a wind farm proposal near Hawick.
Hamilton based Banks Renewables developed proposals for the 15-turbine Birneyknowe wind farm near Hawick following several years of consultation with the local community. Jeannie Kielty, community relations manager with Banks Renewables, said: “We’re naturally disappointed with the Scottish Government’s Energy Consent Units determination.
“We firmly believe that our proposed plans for Birneyknowe would deliver significant benefits to the local area and it would not only create a number of permanent jobs and bring huge opportunities to the region, but the proposal would also help make a significant contribution to Scotland’s renewable energy and climate change targets.”
“Building the Birneyknowe wind farm would also help meet the Scottish Government to meet its ambitious targets of renewable sources to generate the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland’s gross annual electricity consumption by 2020 as well as the target to use renewables sources of electricity to provide the equivalent of 11 per cent of Scotland’s heat demand by 2020.”
“We have worked hard with the local community over the last few years to develop the proposals and the benefits that it could deliver and we will now consider our options going forward.”
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