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Permit granted for second largest onshore plant in Scotland

A site permit for what will be the UK's second largest onshore wind farm was granted by the Scottish Executive last month. ScottishPower's 213 MW Harestanes project is to built near Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway, southern Scotland. The 71 turbine project is second only in size to another ScottishPower project, 322 MW at Whitelee, currently being built south of Glasgow. At a cost of £200 million, construction of Harestanes is expected to start in the spring, with the first turbines due to arrive in 2010. ScottishPower, which merged with Spanish Iberdrola earlier this year, is one of the largest wind generators in the UK. Granting of a site permit follows a public inquiry into three wind projects. The new Scottish government followed the inquiry inspector's recommendation in approving Harestanes, but rejected two other applications, one for AMEC's 129 MW Clashindarroch project near Huntly and the other by I & H Brown for 62 MW at Calliacher near Aberfeldy. The inspector had indicated that Calliacher could be acceptable if reduced in size to below 50 MW. The developer is now expected to pursue the project at below that size with the local authority, since at less than 50 MW it no longer has to be determined by the Scottish government.

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