Bute wind group plans Kintyre turbine visit

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The group behind plans for two locally-owned wind turbines on Bute is offering islanders the chance to get up close to an existing Argyll wind farm.

Bute Community Power, in collaboration with SSE Renewables, is organising a visit to the Tangy wind farm on the west of the Kintyre peninsula on Tuesday, April 28.

The trip will also include a visit to the Machrihanish manufacturing facility operated by Wind Towers (Scotland), a few miles south of the Tangy site.

BCP, established as a ‘community benefit society’ in 2013, hopes to secure approval for two 250-kilowatt turbines at Auchintirrie farm near the centre of the island, each of them 45 metres high to blade tip and with the potential to generate around £1 million for the island’s economy over 20 years.

The April 28 trip is expected to leave Rothesay at around 7am and return at approximately 5pm.

The Tangy wind farm has been in operation since 2004; its owners, SSE Renewables, are currently seeking permission to extend their operation by replacing the 22 existing turbines with 16 larger and more modern ones, each 125 metres tall and together capable of generating almost 37 megawatts of electricity.

Click here to contact BCP for more information on the visit to Tangy and Machrihanish,