Planning application for 20-turbine wind farm near Nairn submitted
Government to open consultation on development which could power more than 30,000 homes.
Energy company RES has submitted a planning application for a 20-turbine wind farm near Grantown-on-Spey.
The proposal, which comes after the company held a consultation, will now be scrutinised in a formal consultation process run by Scottish Government’s Energy Consents and Deployment Unit.
RES held a series of public exhibitions in September, and meetings with representatives of the local community councils and residents associations before submitting the application for Cairn Duhie wind farm.
Fiona Stevens, the company's project manager, said: “We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the consultation process and provided RES with their comments on our proposal.
"RES has completed extensive environmental surveys at the site and we are confident it is an ideal location for a wind farm. We have sensitively designed Cairn Duhie Wind Farm to minimise local impacts whilst maximising renewable energy generation.”
The wind farm, which would be located south-east of Ferness between Nairn and Grantown-on-Spey in the Highlands, would have an installed capacity of approximately 50-60 megawatts — enough renewable electricity to meet the average annual requirements of between 31,000-32,000 homes.
The development would also provide a community benefits package of approximately £250,000 per year, which would be index-linked. The monies would be split between a Community Benefit Fund for investment in local projects and RES’ innovative Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS), which provides an annual discount on electricity bills to the nearest neighbours of its wind farms.