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Faw Side Community Wind Farm submitted to Scottish Government

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Scotland faces climate ‘apocalypse’ without action to cut emissions

Francesca Osowska, CEO of SNH said last Thursday that Scotland must take radical action to shift to a low carbon economy within 10 years or face catastrophic climate chaos.  She cites the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) that called on Scottish Government to deliver net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 and more importantly 70% of net-zero by 2030.  This means a 50% increase in new renewable energy generation by 2030.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes the world is facing a climate emergency and pledged to speed up efforts to achieve zero carbon emissions.

The Scottish Government have followed CCC recommendations and have announced a legally binding goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, with interim targets of 70% by 2030 and 90% by 2040.

Faw Side Community Wind Farm submitted to Scottish Government

Community Windpower Ltd are leading the way to develop strategic renewable energy generation which will allow Scotland to reach its 2030 goal.  We are delighted to announce that a planning application for Faw Side Community Wind Farm, a 315 MW project comprising of 45 wind turbines with battery storage located near Langholm, has been submitted to The Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit.

It is anticipated that the Faw Side Wind Farm will be able to power over 328,000 homes every year with clean renewable energy. In addition to this, a significant 22.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide will be displaced over the 40-year operational life of the wind farm rather than using coal and gas power stations, producing a significant contribution to a net-zero Scotland.   

In addition, our ‘Buy Scottish’ policy supports the onshore wind Scottish supply chain and will deliver high-quality long-term employment. Steel turbine towers are manufactured by CS Wind UK in Campbeltown and we use Scottish Civil and Electrical Contractors to connect the wind farm to the Grid. Over the 40-year operational life of Faw Side, over £800 million will be invested into the local and Scottish economy. This includes funding for business rates, operational and maintenance of the turbines, grid connection costs, community benefits, as well as over 200 jobs during the construction period in addition to permanent jobs to maintain the plant during its 40-year operating life.

The Faw Side Community Wind Farm planning application (Ref: ECU00001833) and all associated documents can be viewed on Energy Consents Unit’s online planning website or at www.fawsidewindfarm.co.uk . Hard copies are available for viewing at Hawick Library, DG Customer Services - Langholm, Kirkbank House at Dumfries & Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council Headquarters in Newton St Boswells.

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