These are all Loch Ness Area and include Allt Duine, Daviot and Moy which are on the A9 approach to Inverness but will be seen from the high areas of the Monaliadths and as well by anyone approaching by air and are quite close.
What defines Loch Ness? Ness-side, very convenient for the developers, or the hinterland as well where many people will stay or tour. Essentially I have taken a central point. Climbed the highest hill and taken a 360% view. That would include Fairburn(20+36 under scoping). Possibly Lochluichart(23) and Corriemolly(19), Clath Liath(17) and maybe even Novar(50). The last four wind farms(109 turbines) I gave excluded as being more than 10 miles away.
The Loch Ness Ring of Steel
|Druim Ba 23 Scottish Ministers (turned down by planning)Dunmaglass 33 ApprovedFarr 40 BuiltCorrimony 5 Under construction
Balmacaan * 36(138) Scottish Ministers (no objection by council)
Allt Duine 31 Scottish Ministers (turned down by planning)
Daviot 13 Refused (appeal to DEPA)
Moy 20 Approved
Corriegarth 20 In planning
Dell 22 In planning
Stronelairg 83(140) In planning
Inverwich tbc (c. 24) Application for 3 masts
Millenium 24 Built
Biennuan 25 Approved
Beinn Mhor, Tomich 7 yet to enter planning
*Balmacaan is now variously called west Glenmoriston and Bhlaraidh.
Total number is 418 with a further 159 possibly to be applied for as extensions by SSE based on their original estimates for Balmacaan and Stronelairg..
If you include those towards Cromarty you can extend these figure by a further 165 Turbines taking the figure for the Greater Loch Ness area at this time to a potential 742 turbines. Add to that the Western Isles, East Coast (Brora) and central Highlands (Glenmorie) plus Caithness and the conclusion is that the new Beauly Denny line will have insufficient connectivity at Capacity levels. However it is rare that turbines run anything near capacity!
This is without doubt an Industrialisation of the Highlands so fêted by the First Minister which will totally destroy the Tourist Industry which this areas relies on. At this rate those few left will be living in caves, as suggested by some SNP MSPs, as it will be all they can afford! As the probability of Shale Gas reducing costs and providing the rest of the UK with cheap energy, it is ridiculous to suggest a newly independent Scotland would be subsidised by the rest of the UK. Contracts signed with developers may suggest that the Scottish Government would have to cover those subsidies from the bills of Scottish energy users, making our industry non competitive and our residents the poorest in Europe.