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Why does this matter?

Only too commonplace throughout Scotland are similar classic examples of irresponsible speculative applications, wasting the scarce and valuable resources of planners and other authorities involved. Harm caused to those affected is ignored both by developers and vested interests – as are the resulting adverse health, visual impacts and gross environmental damage so often caused.

It matters to residents and visitors on both sides of Loch Awe because:

  • The visual impact of a development of this scale in this location will have far-reaching effects on their lives, their well being and their legitimate enjoyment of the amenities. Sound, including infrasound also known as Low Frequency Noise, affects close neighbours to turbines and is magnified across bodies of water. Potential adverse health effects are well documented in peer reviewed reports, details of which can be found on this blog.
  • The area is especially vulnerable to losses in the tourist industry from the destruction of cherished landscapes such as this. The Reporter’s recently delivered refusal of another developer’s Appeal against Argyll & Bute Planning Authority’s rejection of the nearby Ardchonnel windfarm application incorporated specific recognition of the damaging effect on tourism in the area.
  • There are very real threats to protected species, including golden eagles and other wild life with habitats in the adjacent officially designated SPA (Special Protected Area). Importantly, there is also a risk that private water supplies may be seriously contaminated by, as has occurred in other windfarm developments in Scotland. For details of such implications see the document ‘Request for Action’ in http://www.windsofjustice.org.uk.
    19 colossal turbines 450 feet high will not only dominate the hills-and-water landscape of North Loch Awe. The building of a gigantic industrial complex of steel, fibreglass and concrete, with access roads for mammoth construction equipment and quarries for the vast amount of foundation materials needed, will cause destruction of the land and unprecedented disruption to the roads network.

It matters because:

The North-East end of Loch Awe is an inland landscape of mountains, loch and islands whose configuration is second to none in Scotland. It contains:

  • no fewer than twelve islands.
  • two historic ruined castles – Kilchurn and Fraoch Eilean.
  • an ancient burial ground at the Chapel of Fyndoca on the island of Inishail with carved stones dating back to crusading times.
    ten offshore crannogs along its shoreline.

The Chapel of Fyndoca and Kilchurn Castle are both Scheduled Monuments.

As well as the beauty and undisturbed tranquillity of the Loch Awe landscape – repeatedly immortalised in literature and paintings such as J M W Turner’s watercolour of Kilchurn Castle, Sir Walter Scott’s novella The Highland Widow and the poetry of the blind bard of Glen Orchy, Duncan Ban MacIntyre, whose monument overlooks the entire wide panorama of the loch from above Ardteatle Bay – the powerful historic and aesthetic inspiration of the region is of immense intrinsic interest to our tourist industry as well as to the general well-being of Argyll and the West Highlands. We cannot stand by and allow this wonderful, unique environment to be desecrated by the intrusion of gigantic wind turbines – not just overlooking, but actually WITHIN it. No amount of cosmetic ‘landscaping’, could mitigate the appearance of a major industrial development covering an ugly, barren scar of newly felled coniferous forest, wholly detrimental to the ambience and nature of the area.

Serious questions are increasingly being asked as to the overall value and efficacy of onshore wind-generated power and its role in the mix of secure, stable, reliable energy needed to fulfil the domestic and industrial needs of our society. While these questions are outside the parameters of a judgement of the merits or otherwise of a planning application, what is indisputable is that the wrong type of energy generation in the wrong place will do immeasurable harm.

The Upper Sonachan Wind farm proposal falls firmly into this category. All who recognise this are urged to make their feelings known by registering their objection. For guidance on how best to do so, please click on the flyer image on the top right of the side bar.

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Upper Sonachan Wind Farm Objection

Planning Application to the Scottish Government by Ecotricity Ltd.

This group of six pictures of – LOCH AWE & BEN CRUACHAN and is intended to highlight “in the round” the great natural beauty of our environment and to illustrate how detrimentally it would be affected by the construction of gigantic wind turbines in a prominent position within it. Although the photographs in Appendix A, B and C were taken several years ago, the landscape topography remains unchanged and will to this day appear substantially the same to anyone seeing it from these viewpoints lucky enough to enjoy similar weather conditions. For copyright reasons we cannot include any of the 24 visualisations prepared by Ecotricity from their chosen viewpoints, but they may be seen in the developer’s Environmental Statement, available for consultation at Oban Library and at Argyll and Bute Council Oban offices, or to view or download from http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/upper-sonachan.

All six original photographs in this presentation were taken by Andrew A. Rose and are copyright. The recent images P1, P2 and P3 include visualisations of the proposed turbines in situ prepared by Malcolm Kirk.

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 P1. VIEW FROM APPROACH ROAD TO CRUACHAN DAM on the shoulder of Ben Cruachan | OS Map Ref. 72645 21085. Date 30 May 2015. 75mm lens. | This is just one of the views seen by walkers and climbers taking the easy route up Ben Cruachan, and by organised groups driving up to Cruachan Dam. The sacred isle of Inishail, once the site of a Cistercian Nunnery, occupies a prominent position on the centre left of the picture. Holiday-makers and residents alike would experience even closer views of the proposed wind turbines when circumnavigating the beautiful group of islands in the middle of Loch Awe and when visiting the Chapel of Fyndoca and the ancient burial ground containing several gravestones dating back to Crusader times, on Inishail. Many visitors enjoy camping and picnicking on the islands during the holiday season between April and October.

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P2. VIEW FROM THE PUBLIC ROAD BELOW DUNCAN BAN MACINTyRE MONUMENT near Dalmally, looking West South West. | OS Map Ref. 72585 21430. Date 10 June 2015. 75mm lens. | Looking from left to right in this famous panoramic view: the hillside with the proposed Upper Sonachan Wind “Park”; Loch Awe with some of its islands; the entrance to the Pass of Brander and the shoulder of Ben Cruachan. The already operational wind farms at Carraig Gheal and Beinn Ghlas can be seen on the summits of the two hills centre and right.

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P3. VIEW FROM THE PUBLIC ROAD C29 AT FERNOCH HILL between Kilchrenan and Dalavich.| OS Map Ref. 71985 20145. Date 10 June 2015. | 75mm lens. This is the main tourist route along the north-west side of the loch and a favourite viewpoint for photographers. Panning from left to right we see the shoulder of Ben Cruachan and Loch Awe with Ben Lui in the distance; then on the south side of the loch the ridge of the hill behind which would be situated the proposed Upper Sonachan Wind “Park”. While from this viewpoint the blades of only one turbine would be visible, the remainder just out of sight below the crest of the hill, everyone approaching Kilchrenan from the north on the B845 road will have all 19 turbines in full view from the crest of the hill leading into the village.

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Appendix A: View taken from the hillside above Sonachan house:OS Map Ref: 71985 20395 Showing the whole length of the Ben Cruachan massif. This view of Ben Cruachan is paralleled by that from the site of the proposed Upper Sonachan Windfarm which is approximately one mile to the east; i.e. just beyond the right side of the picture. This wide-angle photo was taken several years ago, but the mountain topography remains unchanged. On right is a diagram emphasising the ‘head-on’ relationship of the proposed windfarm to Ben Cruachan. Unlike many onshore windfarms which are located in relative obscurity on upland plateau, this one would in effect be a full-frontal exposure on sloping ground directly overlooking one of the loveliest reaches of one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland, as well as being sited directly opposite the magnificent mountain massif of Ben Cruachan and the settlement of Kilchrenan.

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APPENDIX B: VIEW FROM AFFORESTED GROUND ABOVE ARDBRECKNISH and below the proposed site of the turbines |OS Map Ref. 72065 20760. | As with the photographs reproduced in Appendices A and C, it shows the unmistakable quality of “the sublime”, one of the main sparks that ignited tourism to the West Highlands in the 19th Century. It is a particular irony that this very view should now be facing the intrusive head-on prospect of an industrial complex of gigantic wind turbines attempting to disguise its true nature by describing itself as a “Park”.

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APPENDIX C: VIEW FROM ABOVE THE A819 ROAD at Bovuy near Cladich| Map Ref. OS 72250 21050. | It shows Loch Awe with Inishail and the Black Isles beneath Ben Cruachan and the entrance to the Pass of Brander. The photo was taken several years ago but the landscape topography remains unchanged. Upper Sonachan Wind “Park” would be situated between Aspects A and C on the attached map, directly facing Loch Awe and Ben Cruachan.

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Upper Sonachan wind farm visualisations From original scoping report

Note: The positions of the turbine visualisations pictured here are from the original scoping report and a few have since been slightly moved.  Due to the angle of shot, some turbines are missing. Nonetheless, the overall visual effect remains approximately the same.

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Photo 1. View taken from the shoreline of Loch Awe at the site of the old pier at Ardanaiseig. OS Map Ref. 72455 20935, looking South West. This is the view that holiday-makers and residents alike would experience when circumnavigating the beautiful group of islands in the middle of Loch Awe.

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Photo 2.  The view from the public road from Kilchrenan to Ardanaiseig, near Larach Ban. OS Map Ref. 72330 20660, looking South. Date 10 June 2015, lens 75mm. All visitors to the 5-star Ardanaiseig Hotel would be subjected to this intrusive view every time they pass in or out, in addition to views of the existing Carraig Gheal and Beinn Ghlas windfarms to the West.

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  The view from the public road B845 at the north end of Kilchrenan Village. OS Map Ref. 72340 20355, looking South East. Date 14 May 2015, lens 74mm.

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Massachusetts Politicians Ignore Puerto Rico Wind Turbine Damage

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Massachusetts Plans To Put Wind Turbines In The Ocean Even After Hurricane Bob in 1991. 

Cape Cod Lost 600 Utility Poles During That Storm.

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Puerto Rico contains two large-scale wind farms (totaling over 120 megawatts) and small-scale single turbines along the coasts.

Puerto Rico lost 120 megawatts of land-based wind turbine power in one storm.

Hurricane Maria wiped out almost every wind turbine on the island.

Two land-based wind turbine farms supply the bulk of the renewable energy generation, Santa Isabel, and Punta de Lima. The rest of the turbines are along the coast similar to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Puerto Rico started to invest in wind energy to help get the country out of debt which appears to be one of the worst decisions they ever made. Industrial wind is a bunco scheme of enormous consequence.The people who value intellectual honesty should not quietly be fleeced by such mendacity, even from their government and the news media.
Most of the commercial-scale turbines installed today are 2 megawatts in size and cost roughly $3-$4 million installed.

The wind turbine repairs in Puerto Rico would be much higher as the older turbines would be removed first.

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory.

Puerto Rico has around the same amount of wind turbine megawatts as that of the state of Massachusetts. Massachusetts hasn’t seen a hurricane since Hurricane Bob in 1991.
Massachusetts politicians have taken the health and property rights of citizens with land-based wind turbines and now plan to put wind turbines in the ocean despite what happened in Puerto Rico.

Massachusetts taxpayers have to start asking why the politicians are gambling with their health and pocketbooks.

Puerto Rico video below wind turbine impacts of major damage from Hurricane Maria

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Hearing for National Scenic Area Petition PEO1655 VIDEO

 

The Scottish Parliament

“PE1655 by Christine Metcalfe on behalf of Avich & Kilchrenan Community Council on Scotland’s National Scenic Areas; and will take evidence from— Christine Metcalfe, Alan Mitchell, Community Councillor, Avich and Kilchrenan Community Council; and Douglas Wynn.”

Read the minutes here: Scottish Parliament meeting for PE01655. 14.09.17.(PDF)

See also:  National Scenic Area Petition and A Seminar On Wind Turbine Noise

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National Scenic Area Petition and A Seminar On Wind Turbine Noise

One of SSE’s wind turbines at Hunterston. There are residents homes at Fairly and Ayrshire less than 1km from the nearest turbine.

Two events for which support by way of attendance would be very welcome and informative:

  1. 14th. Sept. 2017. At Holyrood.  Hearing for National Scenic Area Petition PEO1655

It is always helpful for signees of the Petition and supporters of the need for more NSAs in Scotland to attend when evidence is given to the Committee. Please try to come if you can.  The number to call (a week before the event) for free tickets is 0131 348 5982. These can then be picked up upon your arrival at Holyrood.

  1. 22nd. Sept.2017 in Glasgow at the Raddisson Blu hotel. Seminar on Wind Turbine Noise.  Link for tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-seminar-on-wind-turbine-noise-tickets-3700612431

Information received is as follows:

As documented, there are around 3000 wind turbines across Scotland, many of them close to individual homes and villages.

Similar symptoms such as loss of balance, nausea, loss of coordination, a pressure in the ear, thumping in the head or chest, epistaxis (high volume nosebleeds), are reported from some people living in close proximity to these turbines, (also at many wind farms in the UK and elsewhere). Expert evidence is pointing to infrasound emission being the cause, which is very low frequency sound. Turbine infrasound is well below 20Hz and therefore inaudible, but can be perceived through the described symptoms.

It is known that Government guidance does not define a fixed limit to turbine noise levels at local homes; instead, in simplified terms, turbine noise at any home must not raise the noise level thereby more than 5 dB above the background noise measured there without turbines.

The major problem with wind turbine noise is not audible noise; it is the infrasound emissions which often accompany the audible noise that expert evidence has shown to be now causing serious adverse health effects for an increasing number of local residents near an increasing number of wind farms. As yet there are neither standards nor planning guidance relevant to wind turbine infrasound, or indeed any turbine acoustic emissions below 45 Hz. Neither is there any approved guidance on so-called “excessive amplitude modulation” (EAM), which in reality is audible noise combined with a very high level of infrasound.

Government and councils have chosen not to address the problems of the EAM and infrasound content in wind turbine noise, despite the considerable and widespread documented evidence of the harm it can cause.

It is unacceptable that Government, Council Officers and NHS Scotland echo the wind industry mantra that there is “no proven causal link” between wind turbine infrasound and the adverse health effects reported by increasing numbers of wind farm neighbours; the evidence is overwhelming. Responsible local residents of good character have complained many times of the symptoms they suffer when the turbines operate. Their GPs are unable to find any alternative cause of their suffering. There can be no denial of the temporal and spatial links between turbine operation and patients’ symptoms: when turbine operation ceases the symptoms always subside, and when the residents leave the area (which they often do for respite) the symptoms always subside.

The wind industry claims that residents are ‘somewhat annoyed’ by audible turbine noise, and because they dislike wind turbines for various other reasons their annoyance is “enhanced” to the point that they suffer the symptoms they report. In the cases presented in this seminar, it is particularly clear that the symptoms are physiological, not psychological.

The precautionary principle:

As observed, there is current Government guidance on the use of the precautionary principle in matters of public health 5. The first page states (with emphasis):

“The precautionary principle should be invoked when:

there is good reason to believe that harmful effects may occur to human, animal or plant health or to the environment; and the level of scientific uncertainty about the consequences or likelihood of the risk is such that the best available scientific advice cannot assess the risk with sufficient confidence to inform decision-making.

Dr. John Yelland and Professor Mariana Alves explain all this at A Seminar on ‘Wind Turbine Noise’.

Full details:

A Seminar on Wind Turbine Noise (PDF)

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IT’S OFFICIAL : South Australia Has The World’s Highest Power Prices!

UK & Europe – please take note…

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SA Highest Power Prices In World 2017

CONGRATULATION’s Jay Weatherill !

YOUR mad global warming policies and ruinously juvenile obsession with green power have rewarded South Australia with the World’s most expensive power prices, helping to destroy your economy and hurt the poor.

Bravo.

SA has the world’s highest power prices, Carbon and Energy Markets director Bruce Mountain says — so get off the grid

ESCAPING the electricity grid by pairing solar panels and new battery technology is the best way for SA households to escape the world’s most expensive power prices, a top expert says.

Carbon and Energy Markets director Bruce Mountain revealed in June that he was working on a study that found SA was passing Denmark as the most expensive place in the world to keep the lights on.

He has now published the results, which conclude SA’s prices are three times that recorded in the US and about 50 per cent higher than the…

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Renewable Energy Train Wreck: Australian Power Prices Set to Rocket (Again)

UK and Europe take note……

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The moral of the story of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ isn’t don’t lie, it’s don’t tell the same lie twice.

Renewables rent-seekers continue to stick with the same grab bag of lies, myths and furphies, despite mountains of evidence revealing their marketing pitch is just so much polished propaganda.

South Australia (Australia’s so-called ‘wind power capital’) is held up by wind worshippers as the example of how to transition to a 100% renewable energy future.

When the wind blows for a few hours at a stretch (see above) the wind cult claims victory, and seizes the high moral ground. However, woe betide anybody with the temerity to point out that SA’s obsession with wind power has left it with the highest power prices in the world, retail power prices rocketing, year-on-year, at 20% and a tripling of power costs to business in just on two years. Oh, and heaven…

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The True & Staggering Environmental Cost of Wind & Solar Power: Unsustainable Energy Defined

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Where wind turbines are born: just one of China’s rare earth plants.

For the uninitiated, the sight of snow white wind turbines flailing in the breeze in some green field reinforces that feel-good notion that wind power is the crème de la crème of ‘green energy’.

For those in the know, whenever the term ‘green energy’ is trotted out by some starry-eyed hipster or sandal wearing troglodyte, a sense of wild frustration ensues, followed by an urge to throw something solid at their antagonist or to throw them off the top of one of their beloved windmills.

To maintain their faith, the wind worshipper avoids facts like the plague. Mathematics and meaningful statistics are shunned by cultists, too.

Here’s CFACT’s Paul Driessen laying out the numbers and reaching the obvious conclusion that – in relation to so-called ‘green energy’ – the numbers can never stack up.

Monumental, unsustainable environmental impacts

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German Study Proves Its Combined Wind & Solar Capacity Must be 100% Backed by Coal/Gas/Nuclear 100% of the Time

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Coal-fired plant, Westfalen: where Germany’s power really comes from.

Amongst wind and sun worshippers, Germany is held in a kind of reverent awe.

However, like everything held dear by the renewables cult, the ideal and the real are worlds apart.

For years we were told that if you kept spearing wind turbines into the countryside and spread them far and wide, we could do away with ‘dirty’ coal-fired power plants, and every other conventional form of generation that had, on their reckoning, been made redundant by the wonders of wind and sun.

No country went harder or faster in its pursuit of wind and solar power than the Germans. The South Australians came close, but that’s an Australian state, home to a mere 1.6 million people, rather than a European nation, home to over 80 million.

Now – shock, horror – a detailed study has shown that the German’s attempt…

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