The Garleffan Wind Farm is a proposal by Peel Energy to install six turbines up to 135m high, resulting in an installed capacity of up to 20.4MWs.
The project would be located on land comprising the former Garleffan and Grievehill surface coal mines.
The wind farm would be designed to have an operational life of 25 years and could generate enough electricity to meet the average needs of approximately 12,342 homes and could offset approximately 21800 tonnes of CO2 each year.
The wind farm would mainly occupy former surface mining land that’s outside of any environmentally designated area, such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Areas (SPA). The project will export the electricity generated without the need for new overhead power cables. Following careful design the project would also allow for sufficient separation from residential properties.
With a proven high average wind speed, the potential for the scheme to make a meaningful contribution towards restoration of the former surface coal mines and a significant community benefit fund, the Garleffan Wind Farm could become a real community asset.
East Ayrshire Council refused planning permission for the scheme on 21 October 2016. We appealed against this decision on 16 January 2017 and our appeal is currently being considered by the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) of the Scottish Government.
We are hoping to take the project to committee for determination as soon as possible.
Please return to our website for more information as the scheme develops.
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