Upgraded MoD radar could open windfarm floodgates

Published: 19/02/2014

MILITARY chiefs may have opened the floodgates to scores more windfarm schemes in the north and north-east by upgrading their radar systems.

The days of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) trying to block planning applications for new turbine developments in Aberdeenshire and the Western Isles could soon be at an end.

The Press and Journal has learned that a contract has been signed to update the remote radar head (RRH) sites at Buchan, south of Peterhead, and Benbecula with new “windfarm-friendly” technology. Work on the upgrade is due to be completed by the middle of next year, and a spokesman for the MoD has confirmed it will “mitigate the effects of wind turbines on the radar capability”.

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