E.ON expresses disappointment over Scottish wind farm rejection

E.ON has decided to appeal against the refusal of Midlothian Council to grant planning permission for a wind farm of up to 45MW at Auchencorth Moss.
Expressing disappointment over the refusal, the company's onshore origination manager Darren Cuming said: "We believe that Auchencorth Moss is the ideal location for the wind farm and a fantastic opportunity to help tackle the global threat of climate change."
E.ON says it has also carried out a series of independent reviews following the Council's comments including a further detailed environmental assessment of the site.
"We are now satisfied that our proposal will comply with Scottish Government and Local Plan policy, with minimal impact on the environment and the local population," said Cuming.
The appeal is expected to go to a public inquiry with the outcome announced towards the end of next year.
The proposed scheme would provide enough clean, green energy to power up to 24,000 homes, which is over 60 percent of homes in Midlothian, and save over 43,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year. If approval is granted by Midlothian Council, the area could expect to see a £5 million investment into the local and regional economies.
The project would also contribute toward the Scottish Government's strategy to generate 40 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020.