08 Jul 2013 What is an appropriate level of ecological work to support a single (large) turbine application?
There has been a considerable rise in the number of single turbine proposals over the past few years. This has come about primarily as a result of the introduction of Government feed-in tariffs, which have provided incentives to develop single turbine schemes. Despite the incentives, these small schemes generally have a limited budget if they are to be viable development propositions and sources of renewable energy.In parallel with the boom in single turbine proposals, the last few years has also seen the substantial revision of much of the onshore wind farm survey guidance concerning both birds and bats. Despite this, detailed guidance remains focussed on wind farms as opposed to single turbines. Scottish National Heritage (SNH) (2012) Guidance¹ does provide an outline frame of reference for ecological work to inform small scale schemes (1-3 turbines) in Scotland, but is primarily aimed at providing planning authorities and developers with a guide as to when to engage with SNH in relation to development proposals.
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¹ Scottish Natural Heritage. (2012). Assessing the impact of small-scale wind energy proposals on the natural heritage. SNH, Inverness.