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£150m windfarm planned for country park

"The design ups the ante for windfarm proposals. The park has been given special status because it is a special area, and any proposal would have to have a special reason to be accepted by the executive."

The most powerful windfarm in mainland Britain would be built in a Scots country park under a 150m plan unveiled yesterday.

Up to 125 turbines, each 410ft in height, would providing enough electricity to meet up to 94% of Glasgow's domestic power needs. It would also be the world's first major windfarm capable of storing excess power as hydrogen fuel.

The project has been proposed for a site on Ladyland Moor in north Ayrshire, about three miles north of Kilbirnie, and three west of Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.

It would be built on land within Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, including part of a proposed special protection area.

The Ladymoor Renewable Energy Project would be capable of producing three times as much electricity as Scotland's largest existing windfarm, at Black Law, South Lanarkshire.

With a capacity of 375MW, it could also produce more energy than the proposed 140-turbine site at Whitelee on Eaglesham Moor, by Glasgow.
Only the 25-mile long development proposed for Lewis would be bigger north of the border.

If the plans are approved, the Ladymoor project will also feature the UK's first large-scale hydrogen fuel storage plant.

Wind Hydrogen Ltd, an Australian firm with a UK base in Nairn, is due to lodge a... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The most powerful windfarm in mainland Britain would be built in a Scots country park under a £150m plan unveiled yesterday.

Up to 125 turbines, each 410ft in height, would providing enough electricity to meet up to 94% of Glasgow's domestic power needs. It would also be the world's first major windfarm capable of storing excess power as hydrogen fuel.

The project has been proposed for a site on Ladyland Moor in north Ayrshire, about three miles north of Kilbirnie, and three west of Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.

It would be built on land within Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, including part of a proposed special protection area.

The Ladymoor Renewable Energy Project would be capable of producing three times as much electricity as Scotland's largest existing windfarm, at Black Law, South Lanarkshire.

With a capacity of 375MW, it could also produce more energy than the proposed 140-turbine site at Whitelee on Eaglesham Moor, by Glasgow.
Only the 25-mile long development proposed for Lewis would be bigger north of the border.

If the plans are approved, the Ladymoor project will also feature the UK's first large-scale hydrogen fuel storage plant.

Wind Hydrogen Ltd, an Australian firm with a UK base in Nairn, is due to lodge a planning application next month after an environmental assessment is completed.

The firm has yet to build a windfarm in the UK or elsewhere, but it aims to eventually build as many as 20 at sites across Britain.

Jimmy Ferguson, operations director for Wind Hydrogen Ltd, said: "Ladymoor has the potential to establish north Ayrshire as a world-leading centre of excellence in the development and exploitation of hydrogen, as an alternative fuel source, opening up the possibilities for major academic links and further inward investment to the area."

The company's proposal promises "an extensive land management and wildlife habitat enhancement plan". Threatened species with habitats on the proposed site include the hen harrier and the black grouse.

But Charlie Woodward, regional park manager at Clyde Muirshiel, urged the Scottish Executive to be "discerning".

He said: "The design ups the ante for windfarm proposals.

"The park has been given special status because it is a special area, and any proposal would have to have a special reason to be accepted by the executive."

The company will hold its first in a series of public consultations tomorrow at West Kilbride.
        
 


Source: http://www.theherald.co.uk/...

JAN 24 2006
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