There has been a lot of talk recently about the rapid acceleration in wind power plant approvals in the Highlands of Scotland. I thought I would make it clear, just for the Monadhliath Mountains, where the plants are sited:
FARR 40 TURBINES BUILT
DUNMAGLASS 33 TURBINES APPROVED
CORRIEGARTH 20 TURBINES PLANNING SUBMITTED
KYLLACHY 19 TURBINES SCOPED
ALLT DUINNE 31 TURBINES SCOPED
(The line that runs from west to east across the map is part of my TGO Challenge route for this May.)
You can see from the above map (please click on it to enlarge) that the Monadhliath Mountains are well and truly doomed. I have ringed the areas only where the actual turbines are to be sited. These do not include the additional access tracks that are required to get the turbines up to these power plants. These haul roads are to be 5m wide – considerably wider at bends – to allow access for the turbine towers, nacelles, blades, cranes and all the plant necessary to build and maintain the turbines.. It does not show the additional pylons and associated power lines to get the power to the National Grid.
The sheer size of these new turbines is breath-taking. This image is taken from RES’s own Dunmaglass website:
For a truly shocking impact of this mass industrialisation you need only to go to RES’s own website for just Dunmaglass Wind Power Plant to see the Zone of Theoretical Visibilty (ZTV) map for Dunmaglass. I would stress that this map only extends for 40km from Dunmaglass. For ease of viewing, I have shown this map below:
Now I don’t know about you, but if I was choosing the colour coding for visual impact for turbines on the surrounding land, I would expect the largest “number of turbines viewed” colour choice to be in red. This mob have chosen yellow. Strange that, eh?
You will note that there is an awful lot of yellow on the map above. Indeed, from the western Cairngorm tops ALL the turbines at Dunmaglass will be seen. As they will from the Strathfarrar, Affric and Glen Orrin Hills.
Now take a deep breath and pause awhile before considering this next bit.
The above ZTV map is JUST for Dunmaglass. Now, in your mind’s eye, construct the maps for each of the other power plants I have listed at the start of this post. Now overlay all these ZTV maps on top of each other.
Absolutely Shocking, isn’t it? Imagine what the Allt Duinne scheme will look like from the Cairngorm National Park… being right on the very border of the park. On the surrounding hills and moorland, there will not be one place for miles and miles and miles around where you will not be able to see the Monadhliath Power Plants.
I mentioned at the start, that this post was just dealing with the turbines for the Monadhliath Mountains. You can find all the other power plant that are either built or in the pipeline on the map HERE. PLEASE have a look at this site. The scale of the proposals are absolutely jaw dropping.
Scotland’s Wild Places are well and truly, and let’s not mince words about this, fucked.