Midlothian wind farm bid is unveiled

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Plans have been unveiled for a wind farm at Mount Lothian, farmland east of Howgate.

The scheme by renewable energy developer Wind Prospect is for up to 12 turbines with an installed capacity of 24 megawatts.

This is the second wind farm proposals for the Howgate area – Lomond Energy has lodged a planning application with Scottish Borders Council for six turbines at Spurlens Rig, near Leadburn.

As part of the Mount Lothian proposal, the developer has committed to providing a community fund worth £48,000 per year to support local projects.

The site, part of the Penicuik Estate, follows a rigorous search taking into account wind speeds, its remote location from major settlements and no environmental designations on the site.

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