The site covers about 3 square km ( 2 square
miles ) and spans the Hill of Bainshole at the south of the site,
Play Hill at the north west of the site and an unnamed hill (grid ref:
E361400 N836250) at the east of the site.
The Hill of Bainshole is 318m ( 970 feet ) above Ordnance Datum (AOD), Play
Hill is 280m ( 850 feet ) AOD
and the unnamed hill is 326m (1090 feet) AOD (maximum site altitude). The
three hills are gently rolling. The
altitude of the proposed turbine bases varies from 266m ( 800 feet ) AOD
(turbine 22), to 321m ( 980 feet )
AOD (turbine 9). The site is part of an agricultural estate farmed partially
'in-hand' by the estate itself but is
also tenanted in some areas.
The site is used for arable and stock farming and a portion (Play Hill) is
'in-hand' for forestry purposes.
The development comprises 22 three bladed horizontal axis wind turbines
with a hub height of up to 50m (160 feet),
a rotor diameter of up to 56m (175 feet) and a nominal electrical rating of
1 Megawatt which is equal to 1,000,000
watts or 1000 kilowatts with, for comparison, a one bar electric fire being
1 kilowatt and a 100 watt bulb, as it
says, 100 watts. There will also be a small transformer alongside each
turbine, associated underground cabling,
access tracks, a sub-station and control room, two wind monitoring masts and
a temporary construction compound.
The layout of the wind farm has been designed to capture the energy of the
wind effectively whilst at the same time
minimising environmental effects. The land taken out of agricultural use
will be small. The wind turbines have of
necessity to be spaced apart, so as not to interfere aerodynamically with
one another. The actual land sterilised
is limited to the area of the towers themselves, the access tracks leading
to them and the substation, which totals
approximately 1-2% of the site area. The sheep look quite happy.
All measurement conversions approximate.