Kennedy Renewables are holding an exhibition at the Lochgelly Centre on the 8th of August to update the community on the progress of their turbines, at the same time they will try and negate the negative publicity they have received locally, and will attempt to spin about the benefits of wind energy.

Over the next few days, we will be examining all the issues of wind energy and the impact Little Raith will have on the Lochgelly area. To start raising awareness, this quick post will show you the accurate size of Little Raith which their ‘artists impression’ in the Fife Times failed to do.

Scale Chart for 125m turbine
Scale Chart for 125m turbine
Scale Chart
Scale Chart

According to the ‘artists impression’ in the Fife Times, the turbines will barely be visible, yet if the Mossmorran Flue (300ft) is visible to the naked eye from Edinburgh Castle, then these turbines will certainly be visible from this far, and will dominate the local landscape and surrounding areas.

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6 Comments

  1. Concerned

    August 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I am personally dreading these turbines going up, they are going to dominate the local landscape. There are plans for a further 3/4 nearer to Mossmorran, another 3/4 towards Auchtertool, as they all begin to link-up, we will be facing a wall of turbines. It is a sin what they are doing to the countryside, building access roads and filling the land with concrete. There is evidence to show it reduces the bat levels to about half their normal population (so much for bats being a protected species), and they are being built in the direct path of the migratory geese. The risk of the turbines increasing Benzene levels in this area has still not been addressed. The whole thing is an expensive folly forced onto the locals with a minimum of consultation. Anyone who has taken even an hour to really research the viability of these giant turbines can see straight away that they are a flawed technology, also causing health problems to the locals and to wildlife. Remove the subsidies and they will pack up overnight and leave. In the meantime we are having to endure the risk to our health for something that doesn’t work. They are not pretty windmills, rather they are giant, steel monstrosities being built right next to our towns, they are industrial power plants, it is industrialisation of the countryside.

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    • Lochgelly

      August 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you for commenting and we agree with your points. When we first started to look at wind farms, our main concern was the bird and bat kills and the protection of the Little Raith ruins. The developers assured us that the ruins will be protected, only for us to discover that they knocked down part of the ruins, and from the photographs we seen, it looks intentional.

      We started researching the pros and cons of wind farms, but the only pros was from research that was paid by the wind energy industry which was also very limited. For every pro paper published by the wind energy multiple scientific reports and peer reviewed papers were also published highlighting the flawed technology and the devastating impact it has on communities, the environment, and on wildlife.

      In all reality, the developers do not care about saving the planet, it is about the amount of subsidies they will receive which is all paid through our energy bills. If I remember correctly, each turbine at Little Raith will roughly generate £250,000.00, all of which is paid by the consumer.

      As for the benzene issue, we have tried to get this addressed, but so far no-one is addressing the issue other than to state it will be monitored.

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  2. Alex

    August 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    (Admin Note: This comment is being investigated for claims of copyright infringement. We are contacting the copyright claimant and user to resolve the situation.)

    The wind farm lobby will state that although renewables are being subsidised to the tune of ONE BILLION POUNDS per annum, this is justifiable as Coal, Gas and Nuclear Power Stations are being subsidised to the tune of 3.5 BILLION POUNDS per annum.

    What they fail to say is that Wind Farms only produce a sketchy amount of power amounting to about 5% – a 20th of Power Station output – and you never know when that output will be – day / night – if at all.

    Renewables need Power Stations – Power Stations don’t need renewables so why are we paying One Billion pounds to them through our utility bills when we don’t need them?

    Just one 125 metre 3MW Wind Turbine will earn the owners £295,650 in subsidies each year and we the consumer will have to pay twice our normal price for their electricity, which adds up to a further £295,650.

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    • Achnandarrach

      August 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

      I am pleased that you are promoting my public youtube videos. However if you are going to quote my words verbatim I would be pleased if you would show a credit to the original source.

      Thank you.

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  3. Donna W.

    August 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

    They should just burn a pile of money absolutely useless machines. I wouldn’t worry about the impacts as they’ll only be turning about a quarter of the time anyway.

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  4. Lochgellian

    August 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Its terrible that they are subsidized 100% although this is going to drop down to a piddling 90% in 2013. Imagine paying them when they don’t even turn! Win-win situation, no wonder the developers are tripping over themselves to grab the land. Vultures.

    One of the biggest land-grabs and expensive farces ever!

    Democracy? The Raith turbines were turned down twice, nae problem, they just kept appealing until the Scottish Reporter gave the go-ahead. Its costing the councils a fortune in dealing with all the applications and appeals (tax-payers money).

    Developers are laughing all the way to the banks.

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