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THE firm behind proposals to build a £40 million wind farm on a Lothian estate has submitted a planning application to council chiefs.

Company airs its vision for a £40m wind farm

E.ON UK has applied to erect 18 wind turbines with a maximum height of 102 metres in a bid to provide an alternative source of power for 22,000 homes.

The wind farm would be built at Auchencorth Moss near Penicuik, Midlothian, on a country estate owned by Sir Robert Clerk.

Darren Cuming, senior project developer for E.ON UK, said: "We believe this is a great site for a wind farm and, if approved, it'd be an important step towards meeting the Scottish Executive's target of sourcing 40 per cent of Scotland's electricity from renewable sources by 2020."

Staff from the company have met with local residents in a bid to dampen opposition against the controversial scheme.

But opponents argue that the wind farm would be a "horrendous" blot on the landscape and have urged council chiefs to throw out the plans.

The land at Auchencorth Moss, two and a half miles south of Penicuik, is a designated site of special scientific interest, containing a bog with rare types of moss and plant life and is near Gladhouse reservoir, which attracts large numbers of rare geese.
E.ON UK has applied to erect 18 wind turbines with a maximum height of 102 metres in a bid to provide an alternative source of power for 22,000 homes.

The wind farm would be built at Auchencorth Moss near Penicuik, Midlothian, on a country estate owned by Sir Robert Clerk.

Darren Cuming, senior project developer for E.ON UK, said: "We believe this is a great site for a wind farm and, if approved, it'd be an important step towards meeting the Scottish Executive's target of sourcing 40 per cent of Scotland's electricity from renewable sources by 2020."

Staff from the company have met with local residents in a bid to dampen opposition against the controversial scheme.

But opponents argue that the wind farm would be a "horrendous" blot on the landscape and have urged council chiefs to throw out the plans.

The land at Auchencorth Moss, two and a half miles south of Penicuik, is a designated site of special scientific interest, containing a bog with rare types of moss and plant life and is near Gladhouse reservoir, which attracts large numbers of rare geese.

Source: http://news.scotsman.com/ed...

FEB 11 2006
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