The Little Raith Wind Farm was officially opened on Monday (24th June 2013) by Fife Provost Jim Leishman followed by a private presentation by Kennedy Renewables to local councillors, community councillors, and other interested parties.
The presentation was held at the Carnegie College Business Centre, with Mr Leishman giving the opening speech. Mr Leishman highlighted that it was a wonderful development and he personally hopes that the wind farm will be extended.
We have asked Kennedy Renewables on several occasions if they will be extending the wind farm, and they claim at the moment there is no intention, however they will not rule it out in the future.
Within the same speech, Mr Leishman highlighted that Lochgelly Community Councillor; Ernest McPherson, would also be able to help the developers build more wind farms throughout Fife as he currently has 9 farms available.
MSP Helen Eadie, who spoke in general terms of support for wind energy rather than focus on Little Raith, also took the opportunity to highlight that Mr McPherson could be approached for obtaining further wind farm developments in the Fife area.
Brian Kennedy was in attendance and gave his speech, and highlighted the fantastic feeling he has that he has built something that utilises ‘Gods Energy’, meanwhile he also offered to help support the Dunfermline Athletic Football Club, jokingly stating ‘so long as it is not the writing of another cheque’.
Meanwhile, it was highlighted elsewhere, that Invicta PA the PR company working with Kennedy Renewables had originally hoped to get Alex Salmond to open the wind farm, but for whatever reason, this did not come to fruition, and the next step was to ask Gordon Brown, who was also unable to attend.
Graham Lang, chair of Scotland Against Spin commented:
“It’s disappointing that neither the First Minister nor local MP Gordon Brown accepted the invitation to come and open Little Raith, Fife’s first wind farm.
A defining landmark for anyone entering Fife on the A92, Little Raith has found few fans among locals or visitors. The developer made monkeys of the authorities in the consent process, extending the height of the turbines from the original 100m to an overbearing 125m, appealing conditions on noise and air pollution monitoring and getting away with a laughably low community benefit offer. Already people living nearby are complaining about noise, shadow flicker and health impacts as well as loss in residential amenity and property value. Concern continues to grow that the turbines are exacerbating air pollution from the nearly ethylene plant at Mossmorran.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that our elected leaders have steered clear of celebrating this deeply-flawed, exploitative development and on this sad occasion SAS sends its condolences to all those affected by the development.”