SSE buys 99MW project from RES

Utility SSE has agreed to buy the 99MW pre-construction Dunmaglass onshore wind farm in northern Scotland from the developer RES, giving an expected completion date of early 2016.

The £200m ($305m) project, sited some 25km south of Inverness on the Dunmaglass estate, received full planning permission from the Scottish government in late 2010.

The project will swing into full construction later this year, with an early enough anticipated completion date to allow SSE to qualify for the Renewables Obligation scheme.

SSE claims the site boasts an “exceptional” wind resource, with potential load factors above 40% and an anticipated output of some 350GWh per year. 

The utility says Dunmaglass is “consistent with the scale and composition” of its renewables investment programme. 

“We have said that we will pursue both acquisitions and disposals in order to optimise our wind portfolio in the UK, and [Dunmaglass] is completely in line with that objective,” says Jim Smith, SSE’s managing director for renewables.

The 2016 finish date “fits well with our existing development portfolio, and will enable us to optimise the use of existing resources and contracts”, Smith says.