Renewable Energy

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 14th March 2011.

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Question S3W-40064

To ask the Scottish Executive what estimated minimum distance is needed between a standard wind turbine and surrounding forestry, taking into account turbulence and required wind speeds.

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

The separation between wind turbines and trees depends on many factors, including local topography; the ambient wind regime; the size and type of turbines, and the height and species of tree - as such there is no standard distance. It has been amply demonstrated that turbines can successfully be installed in Scottish forests with minimum disruption and with enhancement of habitats such as at Whitelee near Glasgow.

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