Borders wind farm gets the go ahead

Borders wind farm gets the go ahead

The Scottish Government has given the green light to the development of yet another wind farm, this time in the Scottish Borders.

Cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, Keith Brown has granted planning consent for a new 19-turbine wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills.

It is predicted that the Aikengall IIa wind farm will generate up to £9.4m in community benefit and will lead to the creation of 100 jobs.

The announcement comes just days after plans to construct a new 22 turbine wind farm in the Highlands were also given the go ahead.

Brown said: "Once operational, the Aikengall IIa wind farm will generate up to £9.4m in community benefit, while producing enough electricity to power almost 35,000 homes and bringing jobs and investment to local communities.

"Renewable energy sources generated more than 56% of gross electricity consumption in Scotland in 2015, helping support our world-leading ambitions to become a low-carbon economy.

"The growth of onshore wind in recent years has been a key factor in the expansion of renewable energy in Scotland: creating jobs, providing secure and low-carbon energy and delivering significant local benefits."