A windfarm in an area critics dub “turbine alley” could almost double in size under expansion proposals.
Vattenfall has announced plans to add another 16 turbines to its Clashindarroch forest site, near Huntly.
The Swedish energy firm is to consult with nearby residents and allow the community to “own part of the windfarm” as well as providing more cash for local projects.
But campaigners – who successfully reduced the number of proposed turbines at the existing operation from 48 to 18 – said they had always suspected the firm would seek more and predicted it would not be the last attempt to increase its scale.
Project manager Andrew Bennett said Clashindarroch II “will provide the local community with the chance to own part of the windfarm in addition to having a community benefit fund to invest locally”.