Planning consents have been granted for three wind projects in the UK totalling almost 100 MW. Most of the capacity will be in Scotland, where Highland Council has approved two large wind farms. On Skye, AMEC is to build 27 wind turbines totalling 47 MW on land owned by a consortium of landowners and crofters. AMEC claims the £30 million project commands strong support from the local community, despite a high profile opposition campaign spearheaded by celebrity newcomers to the island Sir Jeremy Isaacs and his wife. The company expects to begin installation on the site towards the end of 2003, with the wind farm fully operational in 2004. On the mainland, in the far north of Scotland, National Wind Power (NWP) has secured planning permission for a 48 MW wind farm of 24 turbines at Causeymire, south west of John O'Groats. The company plans to install a viewing platform on one of the turbines which, it says, would boost tourism locally. At the other end of Britain, in the south of England, Isle of Wight councillors unanimously approved NWP's application for three 600 kW turbines at Cheverton Down. NWP already had consent for three 300 kW turbines on the site but the company says turbines of this size are no longer used. NWP expects to begin work on both wind farms this year.
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