Renewable energy applications
What impact do renewable technologies have on Perth and Kinross?
There is a widespread consensus on the need to move towards sustainability in energy provision. Renewable energy technologies are diverse and, therefore, have very different effects upon the local environment. This means we need to balance the benefits and disadvantages of renewable energy development.
In Perth and Kinross, the renewable energy technologies that offer the greatest potential, at least in the short term, in addition to the existing large-scale hydro schemes, are wind energy, small-scale hydro and the use of forest residues.
Modern wind energy technologies and developments offer opportunities in supporting and developing the economy of Perth and Kinross to our benefit. However, wind farms, especially on a large scale, may have significant local impacts on the environment.
What advice is there for wind energy planning applications?
There is supplementary planning guidance on Wind Energy. The purpose of the policy and guidance note is to enable the wind energy industry to expand, but not at the cost of the natural and built environment. We use this guidance to assess planning applications and S36 proposals to be determined by Scottish Ministers.
There is also a Landscape Study - Windfarm development in the Ochil Hills and part of Southern Highland Perthshire [4Mb]; this was commissioned by Perth and Kinross Council, Clackmannanshire Council and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
What renewable energy applications have been made?
There is a Renewable Energy Proposals page which lists the significant applications we have received. For some of these application the Council has commissioned further reports on the environmental impact of the proposals, these are also available.