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A few of my own thoughts first, but if you are in a hurry please skip to the important info from the save our hills guys linked below
I remember when I was young and saw my first big modern windmill up close – I thought it was amazing, and I still liked them when I only ever saw just a few here and there on my travels – Now I can’t stand them – There is just too many, and they are all the same cut and paste design. I really feel there is something totally inhuman about them, the design, the scale, and most of all the numbers of them. I think this technology could have been explored in a way that was way more sympathetic to the hills.
The deadline for representations to the Energy Consents Unit has been extended until 31st August 2021.
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75 turbines – most between 200 and 250 metres high
Nearest turbines will be 3 miles SE of Moffat
Will cover 22 square miles of Annandale Hills
Will be visible from Moffat, Beattock, Lockerbie, Lochmaben and the M74
Nearly 45 years lifecycle – 18 months construction; 40 years in use; 2 years decommissioning
40 miles of access tracks will be constructed and left in situ
Installed Capacity 525 Mega Watts – anticipated to operate at a capacity factor in the region of 50%
Once operational, 11 full-time permanent staff will be employed
Community benefit payments – £500,000 per annum to be divided between the six affected communities, over 40 years
How comfortable are you living on the edge of one of the largest windfarms in the UK, with 800ft high turbines, only 3 miles from Moffat?
Would you find it disconcerting that the gently rotating blades of the turbines are actually traveling at up to 180 miles per hour at the blade tips?
How do you feel that an array of giant turbines will be the gateway to Scotland for visitors travelling the main arterial route (A74M) to the Highlands?
How happy are you that the development is within a low-flying zone; and turbines will be fitted with aviation lighting which could impact Moffat Dark Skies?
What is your opinion of the collision risk for golden eagles, calculated to be 1 bird every 3.64 years?..
How do you feel about 63 hectares of hills being used for the permanent land take of hard standings?
Did you know that Constraints Payments are paid to wind farm operators to switch off their turbines at times of high production but low demand?
Are you aware that 39% of jobs in Moffat depend on tourism?
Are you happy that Dumfries and Galloway is already one of the most heavily wind farmed areas in Scotland?