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Development pipeline now holds gigawatt of wind with permits for onshore sites

Two more wind farms in Scotland with a combined capacity of over 70 MW have got planning consent, bringing the total number of construction permits granted this year in the UK to 567 MW. Added to permits from previous years for projects not yet built, the wind industry is set to develop 1300 MW of new wind capacity in Britain, reports the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA). When built, the generation is enough to meet the needs of 800,000 homes, or twice the population of Birmingham, with power to spare, adds BWEA. In the west of Scotland, AMEC's plans for nine wind turbines totalling over 15 MW at Clachan Flats near Cairndow were approved unanimously by Argyll and Bute Council. In Moray the Scottish Executive granted Fred Olsen Renewables' application for a 28 turbine, 56 MW project at Paul's Hill near Ballindalloch, Speyside. It will be the second large project in the area to be developed by Fred Olsen Renewables; the company was granted approval earlier this year for 56 MW at Cairn Uish near Rothes.

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