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By Rod Edgar
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PLANS have been submitted for eight wind turbines to be erected adjacent to an opencast coal mine on the Dumfriesshire/Ayrshire border.

Glenmuckloch Renewable Energy Limited, a subsidiary of Buccleuch, is proposing a community benefit of £5000 per installed megawatt – equating to approximately £3.2 million over the lifetime of the windfarm.
And, if successful, the turbines would run alongside two community turbines currently being erected at the coal site.
John Glen, chief executive of Buccleuch, said: “This planning application is the latest development in the transformation of Glenmuckloch.
“Less than three years after the site being on the brink of a social and environmental tragedy, it can now look forward to the potential to become an outstanding success story providing between £17 and £18 million of economic benefit to the community from energy generation, jobs, wages and contractor work.”

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