Lochluichart wind farm extension approval
Planning consent has been granted for an extension to a wind farm which could generate 18MW of electricity, or enough to power the equivalent of 8946 homes.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has approved the extension to the Lochluichart wind farm, near Dingwall in Ross-shire, Highlands. The six new turbines will bring the wind farm to a total of 23 turbines, with a total capacity of 69MW, which could power the equivalent of 32,568 homes.
The extension to the site will create 20-30 jobs in the area during the 10 month construction period and two permanent jobs. Around £5.4- £7.2 million is expected to be spent in the Highlands and Islands region during construction.
The local community will benefit from the extension, and the developers will pay £49,500 a year in benefit to the local community, £1.24 million over the total period.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:
“The extension to the Lochluichart site will represent a significant boost to the local economy and create jobs during construction.
“Over the 25 years the extension will run, it is expected to generate £1.24 million of money which will be invested in the local communities.
“Once it is up and running the wind farm will save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, and will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of nearly 9,000 homes.
“In consenting this application I have put in place a series of conditions to protect the outstanding natural habitats and landscapes and local communities.”
Developers Infinergy Limited applied to the Scottish Government for an extension to the Lochuichart wind farm in August 2011. 124 objections were received and 9 representations in support.
- The Scottish Government has determined 74 energy applications, including 59 renewable applications: 35 onshore wind, 1 offshore wind, 19 hydro, 4 wave and tidal; and 15 non-renewable projects since May 2007. Of the 59 renewable applications consented by the Scottish Government, 53 have been consented and 6 rejected.
- The Scottish Government’s Energy Consents and Deployment Unit is currently considering another 45 applications of >50MW capacity generating stations, including 43 renewables: 2 Hydro, 4 Biomass, 37 Onshore wind, plus 2 non-renewable Hydro. In addition to this there are 11 active applications for overhead lines, and 1 pipeline application.