Renewable Energy Systems, Sir Jack Hayward and the Lib-Lab Highland Council are celebrating today the approval of a 33 turbine Wind Factory on Sir Jack’s estate at Dunmaglass in the Monadhliath. The Scottish Government’s Energy Minister, Jim Mather, said it also marked a further step towards greater use of "clean, green electricity" in Scotland.
RES’s PR company’s blurb put out on RES’s website mentions a reduction in the number of turbines from the original 36 to the “more modest” 33 but does not mention that each turbine will be taller than those first applied for and more powerful.
I remember walking through the Monadhliath in May of, I believe, 1998 and watching them construct the first windmill on top of Beinn Dubhcharaidh. They used a massive mobile crane and constructed an ugly bulldozed haul road to the top to enable the thing to be built. For the next three days, whenever I was near the top of anything, my eye was drawn to this excrescence.
That was also the year that Dunmaglass’s land agents, Bidwells, complained of walkers not shutting a gate on the estate. Everything in proportion, eh?
Chris Townsend of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland compiled the organisation’s submission to RES’s planning application; You can see that excellent submission HERE
Forget “Clean, Green Electricity” and all the other bollocks that will be trotted out to support this madness. This lot are in it solely for the money. RES, Sir Jack Hayward, the Highland Council and the Scottish Parliament should be hanging their heads in shame.
I wonder how much explosive it takes to topple one of these generator towers?
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