Sunday, 15 January 2012

Map Update

Today has been a day of consolidating, adjusting, correcting and updating maps. My map now has all known planned turbines, met' masts etc - and therefore for the first time can really show the possible worst case scenario we may face. And here it is in all its hideous glory:

We should not forget that we don't yet have any significant data on the following potential developments:

  • Sclenteuch
  • Stranoch
  • Hadyard Hill extension
  • Knockon
Just to re-ierate what this could mean, here are the updated, current worst case scenario statistical data for this map (excludes blue and green turbines):

Worst Case Scenario Statistics
Approximate area of land represented by wind farms (where boundaries are known)52,502 acres
Equivalent percentage area of South Ayrshire1 represented as wind farms17.4%
Equivalent percentage area of Glasgow2 represented as wind farms121%
Industrial turbines installed/consented469
Industrial turbines installed/consented capacity1,173.2MW
Industrial turbines installed/consented likely annual output32,715,047MW
Number of 'average' households consented/installed turbines are likely to supply per year4565,635
Industrial turbines installed/consented broad area of search utilisation (absolute)80
Industrial turbines installed/consented broad area of search utilisation (percentage)17.8%
Percentage of Scotland's planned onshore wind farm capacity518.05%
1 - assumes an area of 1,222km2 for South Ayrshire
2 - assumes an area of 175.5km2 for Glasgow
3 - assumes a load factor of 26.04%
4 - assumes a load factor of 26.04% for the quoted installed capacity
and an average annual consumption of 4800kwh per household
5 - assumes an installed onshore wind farm capacity of 6500MW

52,502 acres of development containing 469 turbines. An area that is equivalent to 17.4% of South Ayrshire, and 121% the size of Glasgow. A realistic output that could represent as much as 18.05% of Scotland's 2020 planned onshore wind farm capacity. At its widest point, this map is just 5 linear miles wide and at its tallest, a little under 6 linear miles. Welcome to the new South Carrick - with wind farms butting up against each other and gaps being filled, we really will soon be just one big wind farm. And let's not forget those broad areas of search - still plenty of room for more turbines there.

As far as I am concerned, the SNP have a lot of explaining to do. I think it fair to say that this area's tourist industry really does face ruin - and I for one would like an explanation as to just what our government thinks it's doing. It is ultimately their policies that are driving this, and in many cases their departments that are rubber stamping these developments. This is wanton vandalism and I really do believe that. I really do not understand how anyone in their right mind could ever believe this is a good idea - and I know I'm not alone; which in some respects is a very sad reflection of the disconnect between our elected MSPs and the population they apparently represent. I wonder if these turbines were houses whether they would be built in these locations? Somehow, I think not.