A 20 MW wind farm in the Scottish Borders is to go ahead after Scottish Secretary Donald Dewar decided not to call in the planning application by Renewable Energy Systems (RES). Plans for the 26 750 kW turbines at Dun Law near Lauder had already been passed by Scottish Borders Council, but all wind farm applications in Scotland are referred to the Scottish Office for the Secretary of State to have the final say. "We are very pleased about his decision," says Ian Mays from RES. "It is an excellent site -- one that we think will be a very good demonstration of clean energy in that part of the world. We hope people will come out from Edinburgh to look at it." It now remains for the project to secure a power purchase contract under the Scottish Renewable Obligation (SRO). The scheme will be bid into the next round of support -- SRO-3. But RES is also examining options for selling the power outside the SRO, says Mays. "We would, of course, prefer to get a contract, but it all depends on the timing of the next SRO."
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