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Scotland Approves Iberdrola Wind Farm, Rejects RWE Project

The Scottish government gave the go-ahead for Iberdrola SA’s 22-turbine Ewe Hill wind farm while rejecting another proposed project by RWE AG.

The 65 million-pound ($109 million) Ewe Hill project by Iberdrola’s Scottish Power unit in Dumfries and Galloway will have a generating capacity of as much as 51 megawatts, the Scottish government said today in an e-mailed statement. It will power as many as 24,000 homes and lead to 80 short-term construction jobs, it said.

At the same time, the government rejected a plan by RWE to build a 21-turbine wind farm at Rowantree in the Scottish borders, citing noise and visual impacts to nearby residents.

“The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places,” Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said in the statement. “Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of renewables projects should reflect the scale and character of the landscape, as well as being considered environmentally acceptable.”

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