Below are some links to interesting articles which examine what impacts a windfarm can have on the environment and the local economy of an area.
KEEP RANNOCH WILD OBJECTION DOCUMENT
A SITE TOO FAR (PDF) APPENDIX TO OBJECTION
An independent analysis by a respected economist shows that the claimed benefits of this scheme to Rannoch are greatly overstated by the applicant whilst the real costs are ignored. The net effect on the Rannoch economy would actually be strongly negative. Here is the link to this analysis.
An excellent Blog by Alan Sloman on the visual impacts of the scheme
Link to the developers planning application documents
Article about building wind turbines on peat
Article about the effects on wildlife
This shows the base which is left buried forever
An interesting blog from a student about where the raw materials for the manufacture of wind turbines come from
Another article about the raw materials needed to build turbines
Toxic wind turbines?
Here is a link to pictures showing construction, but look at the other pages on this website about environment, wildlife, scenery, safety etc.
Protect Wild Scotland article and links
A few surveys have been conducted about the impact of wind turbines on tourism, and links to these are provided below.
A literature review [.doc, 118 kB] prepared by The Tourism Company for Anglesey County Council brings most of this information together (the parts which relate to surveys in Scotland are highlighted in red)
A tourism survey conducted by YouGov for the John Muir Trust
An article about the impact of windfarms on tourism by MCofS
Full tourism survey conducted by The Mountaineering Council of Scotland
Visit Scotland admits wind farms could harm tourism
An article about Community Benefit
Another article about Community Benefit