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Wind farm proposal for Midlothian

Wind farm
Image caption The proposed wind farm would give local community initiatives £48,000 per year

Plans for a 12 turbine wind farm in Midlothian suggest it would produce enough electricity to power 40% of the region's homes.

Renewable energy developer, Wind Prospect, hopes to build the wind farm at the Mount Lothian site, which is part of the Penicuik Estate.

The area has average wind speeds of 7.5 metres per second.

The firm plans to give £48,000 per year to support local community initiatives, or £1.2m over the project's lifetime.

It said the site was remote from major settlements and had no environmental designations, as well as being located more than 3.5 miles from the nearest boundary of Pentland Regional Park.

CO2 emissions

The turbines to be used on the site would have a hub height of 65 metres and a maximum height to blade tip of 105 metres.

If approved, the project as currently proposed would generate up to 58,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per year, enough to power 14,000 homes.

The project would aim to offset up to 35,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Colin Williams, Wind Prospect senior development manager, said: "Our proposals for Mount Lothian are still at a very early stage of development and we will not be submitting a planning application for at least another year.

"However, we are keen to engage with the local community at this early stage of the process so they have a real opportunity to provide input and to help shape our plans for the site."

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