Plans to erect two turbines, said to cause unacceptable interference to radars, have been approved by councillors.
The Radar Concerns
The BBC reported that the community wind project, located on the Scottish Island of North Uist, had received a Ministry of Defence (MOD) objection due the predicted operational impact on an air defence radar.
Concern was also raised for the detrimental effects that the 77m turbines could have on the St. Kilda and South Uist radar. Despite these concerns, the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar planning committee voted in favour of the 1.8MW development last week.
Assess Radar Impact Early On
We are pleased to read that in this case radar concerns did not prevent the wind development from gaining planning consent, however issues of this nature can stop you from moving forward. Therefore it is so important to consider a turbine’s impact on the radar and aviation network at an early stage in wind studies.
Tools like our Aviation Risk Report or Radar Line of Sight Assessment are great for this. You can get even more value can by ordering these with an expert commentary, since you will receive our tailored expert advice telling you how best to proceed.