The government of Scotland has approved the setting up of a wind power plant close to Inverness in the Monadhliath Hills amidst much opposition from environmentalists.
Apparently, the farm would power about 46,000 households, twice the actual number of homes existing in the area. The farm will comprise 33 wind turbines and have a capacity to generate 99 Megawatts of electricity.
The construction will provide jobs to 55 people, and impact the community in a positive manner. A recent survey showed that about 27% of the country’s power supplies came from renewable sources. According to Jim Mather, energy minister, this Project should take the country closer to its goal of powering the entire country with green energy and turn it into a low carbon community.
Because of concerns expressed by ornithologists and other environmentalists, the government has held consultations with experts and has received relevant permits from the planning authority of the Highland council. After due consideration, the number of turbines was brought down to 33 taller turbines from the 36 proposed earlier, each with a 3MW capacity. The height of the turbines has also been determined after consulting ecologists and other experts.