Bhlaraidh Extension

SSE Renewables has been awarded planning permission to build extend the existing Bhlaraidh Wind Farm, located on the Glenmoriston Estate, north-west of Invermoriston in the Great Glen.

A Section 36 application for Bhlaraidh Wind Farm Extension, consisting of up to 18 turbines with a tip height of up to 180 metres, was approved by the Scottish Government's Energy Consents Unit in August 2022. The application was accompanied by a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and other supporting documents and a subsequent Additional Information Report (AIR).

The public notices for the EIAR and the AIR can be viewed by clicking this link.

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: marianne.townsley@sse.com

About Bhlaraidh Wind Farm Extension
LocationGlenmoriston Estate, NW of Invermoriston, Highlands.
OwnershipSSE
Proposed MW capacityCirca 84 MW
StatusApplication submitted to Scottish Government
ContactAlan Greenwood, alan.greenwood@sse.com