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Caithness Wind Turbine Drop-in Sessions Launched

21st May 2011

Two drop-in sessions for those interested in developing small-scale or single wind turbine projects in Caithness are being run by Scottish Natural Heritage and charity Community Energy Scotland.

The sessions in Halkirk will see staff on-hand to provide advice on potential impacts on nature and landscapes and the feasibility of individual projects.

Tom Kellett, SNH's Caithness area officer, said: "Caithness is recognised as an extremely important area of Scotland for its nature and landscapes and that is why we are trying to help by providing advice on future renewables projects.

"We support the development of renewable technologies and recognise the significant contribution this can make toward tackling climate change and supporting rural development. However we have a duty to consider how these proposals will affect our environment.

"At the two events, anyone considering a small scale wind farm project is more than welcome to come along and have a chat with us. It is always useful to plan and discuss future projects and for us to provide constructive advice an early stage."

Melanie Macrae, Community Energy Scotland's north Highland development officer, said: "We are pleased to be asked by SNH to participate in this event. Over the last decade we have supported a large portfolio of community energy projects across the Highlands and Islands.

"We are currently giving advice on the application for the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) loan fund. This fund is open to farmers and rural businesses across Scotland to deliver renewable energy projects which provide a high element of community benefit."

The events will be held over two days at the Ulbster Arms Hotel, Halkirk, on Wednesday 25 May and Wednesday 1 June from 11am to 7pm.

Link to Community Energy Scotland's website: www.communityenergyscotland.org.uk/

Scottish Natural Heritage website www.snh.gov.uk

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