Have your say on Fauch Hill windfarm

Kirknewton Community Development Trust encourage you to participate in or fill out the online survey regarding the Fauch Hill windfarm at
Copies of the information boards, fact sheet and company details from the Fauch Hill windfarm information evening can be found online at http://www.fauchhillsustainableenergy.co.uk/
ibp Strategy and Research are now going door to door across Kirknewton and West Calder to find out your opinion on the proposed windfarm.
Remember you can also complete the questionnaire online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FauchHillWindFarmCommunitySurvey
Thank you.

One comment

  1. The proposed turbines, 12 towers 125m to blade tip, will be on the edge of a regional park, in an area reserved for its natural beauty.

    Each turbine is rated at around 3MW peak capacity. That’s enough to power just 1000 kettles. The standard “capacity factor” from the manufacturers of turbines means that on average it will just be 300 kettles.

    All the turbines operating together are equivalent to a small power plant, at peak one twenty-fifth of a standard 1GW power station, or on average around one hundredth of a standard power station. It’s insignificant in electrical energy terms but locally covers nearly two square kilometres.

    The access roads required to install the turbines will disrupt water courses. The turbines are mid-scale industrial plant in the countryside for at least 25 years. Birds, some rare, will be killed flying into the blades.

    At 30% capacity factor, around 70% of the turbines peak capacity will be produced by fossil-fuelled generators – currently the only technology available to the national grid that can replace gigawatts of wind going offline when the wind stops, as it regularly does.

    We need to get rid of carbon emissions in electricity generation – and industrial, transport and food production sources – not replace a small proportion of existing capacity with unreliable “clean” production that destroys local environments and locks in 70% fossil-fuelled capacity for generations.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s