The Fallago Rig Wind Farm was hotly contested but to the horror of many was eventually passed. This picture was taken recently and superimposed is the quote from the Reporter who recommended approval to the Scottish Ministers. “Without detrimental impact on it’s landscape character” Judge by yourselves!
24 May 2013 – EDF Energy was handed £1.45 million between April 29 and May 15 to shut down turbines on the Fallago Rig wind farm.
Fallago Rig has been one of the more controversial wind farms erected in Berwickshire. There was considerable local opposition, and Scottish Borders Council rejected it. It took two public inquiries before the Scottish Government eventually gave wind farm developers North British Windpower the go ahead in November 2010 to build the farm on land owned by the Duke of Roxburgh. EDF Energy Renewables Ltd bought out North British Windpower Ltd at the beginning of 2012.
One of the sticking points was National Security with the MOD rejecting the application on those grounds. After extensive pressure from the Scottish Government and after commissioning an un-proven £20 Million US radar system the MOD mysteriously removed their objection. To say that this has left a bitter taste in the local community is the understatement of the year.