RES plans 25-turbine Highlands wind

Renewables developer RES has revealed “early development plans” for an onshore wind farm in the Scottish Highlands.

RES today announced that it hopes to submit a planning application to the Scottish government next year for a 25-turbine project on the Culachy Estate, along the 13km stretch between Invergarry and Fort Augustus.

RES, which is among the UK’s most experienced wind developers, has begun a consultation process with the local community.

Set along the A82 – an important route for heavy traffic in the region, in addition to being hugely popular with Highlands tourists – the project’s location could prove a blessing and a curse for the developer, which may face controversy over its impact.

“We firmly believe that we can design a wind farm at Culachy which will minimise visual impacts and maximise economic benefits for the area,” says Alan Macintyre, development project manager at RES.

RES has pledged £5,000 ($8,000) per installed MW toward a community benefits package, and says the local economy would see a £6.9m influx through construction and the first year of operation.

Last month RES got the go-ahead from Scotland’s government for a 14-turbine project in the Scottish Borders region.