VATTENFALL has announced that its wind farm proposals for Clashindarroch II are to go into planning.
These will be company’s most powerful onshore turbines in the UK to date – anticipated to produce 2.5 times as much power as the existing turbines on site.
The 77MW scheme – to the north east of the existing Clashindarroch wind farm – would consist of 14 new turbines, each with around a 6 megawatt capacity.
Alison Daugherty, Project Manager for Clashindarroch II, commented on the news: “Scotland has set its goal to reach net zero by 2045, and renewable energy projects such as this will provide the platform for the decarbonisation of homes, businesses and transport needed to reach this ambition.
“Onshore wind can make a significant contribution, and we can deploy more powerful turbines than ever before.
“In fact, with one rotation of the blades, the turbines proposed for Clashindarroch II could power an average home for 16 hours.”
The turbines are expected to produce enough fossil-free electricity to meet the equivalent demand of more than 55,000 UK households, and annually prevent more than 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
The submission comes after a final round of local events held by Vattenfall late in 2019 with local residents, community groups and businesses, to discuss how Clashindarroch II could add to the long-term investment in the area to help further support economic development.
Ms Daugherty continued: “The team have focused on designing the best possible project that minimises impacts, is low cost and ensures that we are closely working with local communities to bring a lasting sustainable benefit.”