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Aberdeen City Council appoints firm to examine wind turbine sites

Edinburgh-based Locogen Ltd will investigate three proposed sites for the council.

Turbine plans

A city council's plans to generate its own power using wind turbines have taken a step forward with the appointment of a firm to look into the feasibility of the project.

Aberdeen City Council has employed Edinburgh-based Locogen Ltd to carry out a detailed study into the authority's proposals which aim to cut its annual £6m energy bill and reduce its carbon emissions.

Three potential sites for turbines have been identified on council-owned land at the Science and Technology Park, Peter's Seat and Coalford.

They will now be assessed by Locogen to establish whether or not they are suitable for turbines, the number and size of turbines which could be used on each site.

Locogen will also look at potential planning issues and consider the financial aspects.

The council said the project was at an early stage and no decisions had been made.

Council leader Barney Crockett said: "These are very interesting and exciting proposals which we will look into and fully consult with the community on.

"The council is interested in looking at every form of energy which can be produced and the benefits that can bring to the city, but we must make sure that everything stacks up before proceeding with any new schemes."

A council spokeswoman said the local authority was also in the process of installing thousands of solar panels on public buildings across the city, she said.

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