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Goathill Quarry has secured approval to build a wind-powered turbine.
Goathill Quarry has secured approval to build a wind-powered turbine.

Wind power to work quarry

A quarry in Scotland is set to become the first in the UK to be powered by a commercial scale wind turbine.
Fife Council has granted planning consent for a two-megawatt wind turbine at Goathill Quarry, which is owned by the Collier Group family business.

The rock quarry was the first greenfield site in recent times to be granted planning permission to extract hard rock in the form of quartz-dolerite, and has now been given the go ahead to generate green energy from wind, adding to the quarry’s unique status.

The turbine will supply electricity directly to the quarry, providing the business with stable electricity costs and reduced carbon emissions for the next 25 years.

On-site renewables specialists Wind Direct obtained planning permission on behalf of the Collier Group and will secure funding, installation and operate the project.

Construction at the Goathill Quarry site is likely to commence in 2013.

“Wind Direct has done well to ensure that planning permission has been obtained in such a unique environment and we are proud to be flying the flag for our industry when it comes to green energy,” said Duncan Collier, owner of the Collier Group.

Eva Gromadzki, general manager at Wind Direct, said that her company had worked closely with Fife Council and Scottish Natural Heritage to arrive at a project, which was sympathetically designed.

Placing a turbine adjacent to a working quarry meant that the project was more complicated than usual and the company had to be sure the turbine site wouldn’t interfere with quarry operations.

Source: Agg-Net

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