Proposals for an extension to an existing wind farm south of Forres are will be presented to local residents in the Forres area.
Airvolution have been working in partnership with Statkraft, owners of the Berry Burn Wind Farm, to investigate the potential to add ten wind turbines to the east of the existing wind farm.
Local residents are now invited to find out more about the project at a series of public exhibitions being held between 21 and 23 March at local venues.
- Thu 21 March 4pm–8pm, Edinkillie Community Hall, Forres, IV36 2QW
- Fri 22 March, 10am–2pm, Rafford Village Hall, Forres IV36 2RU
- Fri 22 March, 4pm–8pm, Knockando Margach Hall, Knockando, Aberlour, AB38 7RX
- Sat 23 March, 10am–2pm, Forres House (Upper Games Hall), High Street, Forres, IV36 1BU
Airvolution have estimated that the site is suitable for a maximum of ten new wind turbines up to 150 metres in height to blade tip. In addition to generating a significant amount of clean, renewable electricity, the wind turbines would also enhance the benefits the existing wind farm brings to the local community.
The company has committed to a community benefit fund of £5,000 per MW installed on this project. Based on ten 3.5MW turbines, this would amount to £175,000 per year for local causes such as investment in young people, community groups, connectivity and local infrastructure. This equates to over £4.3 million over the 25-year lifetime of the project.
Alison Hood, Head of Communications at Airvolution, said: “We are very keen to meet the local community and hear their views on the project, and how we can maximise the benefits for the community as well as for our environment.”