Bhlaraidh Wind Farm Extension is a proposed development adjacent to SSE Renewables' operational Bhlaraidh Wind Farm, located on the Glenmoriston Estate, north-west of Invermoriston in the Great Glen.
A Section 36 application for Bhlaraidh Extension, consisting of up to 18 turbines with a tip height of up to 180 metres, was submitted to the Scottish Government's Energy Consents Unit in August 2021. The public notice can be viewed by clicking this link. The application was accompanied by a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and other supporting documents.
Following consultation on the EIA report, the Highland Council stated that they have no objection to the proposed Development subject to the removal of three turbines (T13, T14 and T18).
An Additional Information Report (AIR) has now been submitted to the Scottish Ministers and includes information relating to the removal of these three turbines and associated infrastructure, thus creating a ‘15 turbine Proposed Development’. The public notice can be viewed by clicking this link.
The Additional Information addresses the changes of likely significant effects in relation to each EIA topic area and assess any changes (or lack thereof) in the significance of effects between the 18 turbine proposed Development (as assessed in the EIA Report) and the 15 turbine proposed Development.
It is anticipated that the revised 15 turbine proposed development will generate approximately 84 megawatts (MW), while the existing 32 turbines at Bhlaraidh Wind Farm already generate 108 MW. The combined capacity could therefore generate approximately 192MW.
The full EIA report, supporting application documents and the AIR can be found on this webpage, via the links below, or on the Scottish Governments Energy Consent Unit's website here, using application reference number ECU00001900.
Environmental Impact Assessment Documents (August 2021)
Additional Information Report (March 2022)
Our Coronavirus Response
SSE Renewables is fully committed to minimising the impact of Covid-19 while we continue to deliver critical green infrastructure, including work on the proposed Bhlaraidh Wind Farm Extension. The wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the local community continues to be our number one priority and all work on site has been actively risk assessed with measures put in place to ensure works are undertaken in line with government guidance.
We continue to monitor government guidance and will adhere to any new measures implemented for our industry. You can learn more on our response to Covid-19 here: https://www.sse.com/news-and-views/our-coronavirus-response/
Benefits of the Proposal
SSE Renewables has recently published the document “Generating Benefits in the Great Glen”. This outlines that clean, renewable electricity generation, projects in the Great Glen in the north of Scotland – Stronelairg wind farm, Bhlaraidh wind farm, Dunmaglass wind farm and Glendoe hydro station – have delivered significant investment and good quality jobs in the local area and across Scotland and the UK. This report shows the economic contribution of these projects through their development, construction, operations and maintenance, with analysis undertaken by BiGGAR Economics. It also tells the story of wider socio-economic benefits of the projects, including a number of case studies showing the positive impacts on the people and business from activities in the local area. The illustration below provides an outline of the economic benefit of these projects to the Great Glen. The report can be read and downloaded on our News and Views page.
Community Support during Covid-19
We recognise that communities, services and organisations are facing huge challenges as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. We want to reassure communities and groups we fund that we will continue to support them through this difficult time.
If you wish to speak to us about our community funds in general or regarding specific funding to support you through the impacts of Coronavirus, please speak to our Community Investment Manager, Marianne Townsley: Email: email@example.com
|About Bhlaraidh Wind Farm Extension|
|Location||Glenmoriston Estate, NW of Invermoriston, Highlands.|
|Proposed MW capacity||Circa 84 MW|
|Status||Application submitted to Scottish Government|
|Contact||Alan Greenwood, firstname.lastname@example.org|