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Swinney Blows Trumpet on Wind Farm for Argyll

June 13 2008

The 60 Megawatt, 20 turbine Carraig Gheal wind farm, claimed to be capable of powering a third of the homes in Argyll and Bute has been approved for construction near Kilchrenan.

It is claimed the wind farm could generate power for 32,000 homes.

"Carraig Gheal wind farm will provide a significant amount of electricity used in Argyll and Bute's homes," said Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth John Swinney.

"We already have the comparative advantage of a vast array of potentially cheap, renewable energy sources in Scotland. In our drive to fulfil that potential, reduce emissions and achieve our ambitious climate change targets, we are investing in a range of technologies - in onshore and offshore wind, tidal, wave, biomass, and clean coal including carbon capture technology."

In November 2004, Green Power (Carraig Gheal) Ltd applied for consent to construct and operate a wind farm comprising 24 turbines, with a maximum installed capacity of 72 MW. Scottish Miniusters have approved consent, subject to an environmental management plan, a pollution prevention plan and a traffic management plan, which must all be approved by Argyll and Bute Council.


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