Fred Olsen Renewables Halts Hearthstanes Wind Farm Development in Scotland

has opted against proceeding with the development of the Hearthstanes wind farm located in the Menzion area of Hearthstanes Estate, near Tweedsmuir village in the Scottish Borders.

The decision follows extensive engagement with the local community since early 2023 regarding plans to erect approximately eight turbines, each potentially reaching heights of up to 200 meters, capable of generating over 50MW of and providing nearly £9 million in community benefits over the project's lifespan.

“After conducting thorough environmental and technical assessments at the Hearthstanes site, we have determined that the wind conditions pose significant complexities,” stated a spokesperson for Fred Olsen Renewables. “These challenges make it unlikely for us to design a project that can accommodate the turbines we anticipate becoming available in the future.”

The developer expressed gratitude for the community and stakeholders' engagement throughout the planning process.

Fred Olsen Renewables remains committed to its investment in the Scottish Borders, redirecting focus to ongoing projects such as the Lees Hill Park near Duns, Scawd Law Wind Farm outside Walkerburn, and the Crystal Rig Wind Farm in the Lammermuirs.

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