- More than 120 residents attend five events held at different locations
- Fred. Olsen Renewables team pleased with positive feedback
- Events provided the opportunity to delve into the detail of final proposals
Residents had the opportunity to attend a range of events last month to learn more about the final proposals from independent renewable energy developer, Fred. Olsen Renewables, for Lees Hill Renewable Energy Park, located 5km west of Duns.
Interested members of the community were encouraged to attend the five events held around the project site at various locations including Gavinton, Greenlaw and Duns. Visitors to the exhibitions were able to view the revised plans and learn more about how the project had changed since events held previously.
Attendees were able to access detailed information on the plans, which now consist of six turbines, alongside 60MW of solar panels and 60MW of battery storage. They could also to speak to members of the Fred. Olsen Renewables team and have their questions answered.
Materials on display included:
- Visual representations to see how the project could look from various viewpoints
- A 3D flythrough to demonstrate how the turbines, battery storage and solar panels could look on the site
- Detailed information the technology types
- Information on how the proposals had evolved since the first exhibitions
Emily Galloway, Senior Project Manager for the Fred. Olsen Renewables said:
“We were delighted with another great turnout at our second round of exhibitions. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to come and view our updated plans. The proposals on display showed the latest design – where the solar panels were moved into the centre of the site and one turbine had been removed from the layout.
“We are finalising our Environmental Impact Assessment Report and hope to submit our application to the Scottish Government in November. We will continue to work closely with the local community as our plans progress.”
Lees Hill Renewable Energy Park could deliver more than £6.5m in community benefit throughout the lifespan of the project, benefitting the surrounding towns and villages. Fred. Olsen Renewables will be working with local residents to design a fund that can help to support local aspirations.