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Work On A New £36m Greenock Wind Farm To Begin Soon

Work on a £36m Greenock wind farm will begin soon.

Three years ago, local firm 2020 Renewables - now called Forsa Energy - was granted permission for eight 110-metre high turbines in Corlic Hill in Greenock.

Forsa Energy, who are Riverside Inverclyde's tenant at Clyde View in Greenock, received the green light after an appeal to the Scottish Government.

Alasdair MacLeod, director of renewable generation at Forsa Energy, says work is due to begin in the next few months.

Mr MacLeod said:

"We are completing our pre-construction activities at present and will be in a position to confirm our construction programme towards the end of next month.

Inverclyde's Planning Board initially refused the development after opponents raised concerns about the visual impact the turbines would have on Inverclyde, while air traffic control officials were also worried about safety for aircraft on approach to Glasgow.

But the Greenock-based firm appealed to the Scottish Government, and the wind farm was given the green light in 2016 after the development was ‘significant’ but not ‘unacceptable’.

It will take around a year to complete the wind farm, which will change the landscape in the hills above Greenock.

Mr MacLeod said:

"Construction activity is likely to take 12 months, and we will be undertaking extensive stakeholder engagement before the works take place."

For more information on Forsa Energy, click here

This article and image appeared in the Greenock Telegraph.

Published: 7 February 2019