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Scotland progress

In a welcome display of unanimity, all area committee members of a west Scotland local authority voted in favour of National Wind Power's 8 MW wind farm proposal for Beinn Ghlas, near Oban in Argyll. Hot on the heels of the local planning consent in December, the Scottish Secretary rubber stamped the decision in what must constitute the fastest ever approval of a wind farm in Scotland. National Wind Power's plans for 14, 600 kW turbines were not contested by any of the statutory consultees. Despite the presence in the area of foraging golden eagles, even Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) raised no objections. But first, to satisfy SNH's concerns for the eagles, the company had to reduce the number of turbines and agree a landscape management scheme. The project has a power purchase contract awarded under the first round of Scottish renewables support -- SRO-1. It will be NWP's fourth SRO-1 scheme to go ahead. The company has one further project in planning at Craigenlee, near Stranraer in the south west of the country.

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