Frequently Asked Questions
How many turbines will be on the site?
The project is at an early stage and final numbers of turbines have not yet been decided.
At this stage, we are proposing to place up to seven turbines on the Benhar Wind Farm site.
What is the proposed wind farm project called?
The project is called Benhar Wind Farm.
Where is Benhar Wind Farm located?
The proposed site is on land at Benhar farm, six miles south-west of Bathgate between the M8 and the A71 Edinburgh to Newmains road.
It includes a section of land containing disused coal mine workings.
Why are wind farms necessary?
The Scottish Government is committed to generating 100% of the country’s electricity from renewables sources by 2020 and wind generation will play a part in fulfilling this target.
How much energy could Benhar provide if granted planning consent?
Benhar Wind Farm could provide up to 15MW.
What will the annual CO² savings be for Benhar Wind Farm?
Benhar Wind Farm will provide annual CO² savings of 23,500 tonnes*
(*Based on RenewableUK calculations. Further details on the calculations can be found on the RenewableUK website www.bwea.com/edu/calcs.html)
How tall will the wind turbines be?
The height of the turbines has yet to be agreed. A decision on this will be made during consultation and before an application is submitted.
When will planning approval be sought?
The Benhar Wind Farm planning application will be submitted once the project design has been finalised and the consultation period finished. Updated timescales will be communicated as the project develops.
Who will Eneco submit the planning application to?
We will submit the planning application to North Lanarkshire Council as a major planning application.
How does Eneco plan to consult with the local community and wider stakeholder groups during the planning and consultation stages?
The first consultation event is likely to be held in October to introduce the project and gain initial feedback from the community and its stakeholders.
Dates for these events will be publicised on this website and in local press. Further events will be confirmed nearer the time.
Will local contractors be appointed?
Wherever possible, Eneco intends to work with local businesses and contractors on the project.
A good example of where this has taken place is at the Lochluichart Wind Farm which is on track to generate employment opportunities of up to £3.5m.
Will there be a community benefit fund for the project?
Eneco’s community benefits strategy aims to deliver improved quality of life for those communities living near to the wind farm, while reflecting our commitment to renewable energy.
How will the community fund be spent?
This has not yet been decided as Eneco is at a very early stage of planning and consent.
However, any plans will be developed in consultation with the community and its stakeholders to ensure the benefits will be appropriate to the area and its requirements.
What is the timetable for the planning application?
The project is in the very early stages of planning and consent, therefore timescales are subject to change.
It is anticipated that a planning application will be made in Spring 2013.