Wind farm developer North British Wind Power has been granted approval to commence work at a site in the Scottish Borders, despite a long campaign of opposition and two public inquiries.
The 48-turbine development will be built in an area of the Lammermuir Hills, creating 600 jobs and enough power for about 66,000 homes, the Scottish Government said.
The site at Fallago Rig aims to help achieve climate change targets, but campaigners had argued that unspoiled countryside will be threatened by the construction.
The local community will be represented through the Tweed Forum and a fund was set up to provide 240,000 in each year of operation to go toward environmental “improvements”.
Energy minister Jim Mather said the announcement marked a “significant boost” for the economy, adding: “In consenting this application I have put in place a series of conditions to protect the outstanding natural habitats and landscapes, and minimise disturbance to communities.
“It’s encouraging to see constructive dialogue from all parties concerned and I am confident that Fallago Rig will be a centrepiece of Scotland’s renewables legacy. I am delighted the result has seen co-operation with all concerned and I look forward to seeing it become a reality.”
North British Wind Power previously accused protesters of “posturing” and said the site is crossed by a power line, which means the development can be connected to the grid.