ScottishPower Renewables has announced plans to temporarily halt progress on the Tiree Wind Farm off the coast of Scotland. Designed as a 361 square kilometer site 5km off the coast of the most westerly island in the inner Hebrides of Scotland, the Argyll Array scheme could produce as much as 1800MW of wind energy that would power as many as 1,000,000 homes. But activists with the No Tiree Array campaign and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) warn that dolphins, killer whales and basking sharks populate the waters surrounding the proposed site and that various bird species could be harmed as well.

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A spokesman with ScottishPower Renewables told press that the company plans to use the next twelve months to evaluate environmental impact assessment reports alongside other agencies to determine whether or no the Argyll Array will have negatively affect birds and marine life. Great Northern Divers are common in the area, and a variety of foraging, passage seabirds and migratory species pass through, according to BBC News.

At maximum capacity, the wind farm would require 300 6MW turbines to produce 1800MW energy. The Crown Estate leased the seabed to ScottishPower Renewables, which also claims that the 12 month cooling period will give them an opportunity to explore other turbine, foundation and vessel technology that would minimize the project’s environmental impact.

Via BBC News

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