A renewable energy giant has unveiled plans to build two more wind farms in Scotland. Swedish company Vattenfall says the proposed developments in Dumfries and Galloway could together produce enough electricity to annually power around 300,000 homes.
If the developments go ahead, each will be built alongside an energy storage battery plant.
Vattenfall, which was awarded a multi-million-pound contract for the construction of South Kyle Wind Farm, said it submitted a scoping report to the Scottish Government this month.
The Whiteneuk Wind Farm project would be built around three miles south of Moniaive and consist of up to 35 wind turbines with a blade tip height of up to 250m.
The Quantans Hill Wind Farm project, north-east of Carsphairn village, would have up to 21 wind turbines.
Frank Elsworth, Vattenfall’s UK development director for onshore wind, said: “South West Scotland has the potential to become a green energy hub.
“South Kyle, Quantans Hill and Whiteneuk can play a major part in helping to power Scotland towards net-zero and provide green shoots of recovery from the economic damage of Covid-19.
“Vattenfall wants to work with local communities, suppliers and partners to not only coordinate how our investments might benefit specific localities, but also to explore and create significant opportunities for South West Scotland.”
The company said it is keen to consult with the local communities.
Carol Kane, Vattenfall’s local liaison officer, South West Scotland, added: “Although these proposals are at an early stage, we are keen to hear from local communities at the earliest opportunity.
“Over the coming months, we will be liaising with community groups and representatives to discuss the proposals and take comments, questions and suggestions.
“We have also created online feedback surveys, and we welcome views from as many local people as possible.”