Fairburn Extension

SSE Renewables is assessing the potential for an extension to Fairburn wind farm, near Marybank in the Highlands.

Project status

The site is located to the south and east of Orrin Reservoir, within the Highland Council local authority area and the Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconnon community council constituency.

At present it is proposed that the wind farm would comprise approximately 14 turbines with a height of approximately 200 metres to the blade tip. Each turbine would have an installed capacity of up to 6.8 megawatts (MW) which would give an anticipated installed capacity of up to 95MW.

A request for a scoping opinion from Scottish Government Ministers was submitted in July 2022 and was received back in October 2022. The scoping opinion allowed Scottish Ministers to set out the information that should be included in the Environmental Impact Assessment report.

Next stage

SSE Renewables is now engaged in a full programme of consultation with stakeholders, including neighbours and community organisations in the local area.

The layout and scale of the proposed development is under consideration, and will be informed by survey and assessment work at the site.

Public Exhibitions

SSE Renewables held three public exhibitions to gather feedback on the initial plans for the wind farm. Members of the project team were available to answer questions and hear your thoughts on the early plans for the wind farm. The dates were:

Wednesday 13th September 2023 - Kilmorack Community Hall, 2-7pm.

Thursday 14th September 2023 - Fairburn Memorial Hall, Marybank, 2-8pm.

Monday 18th September 2023 - Contin Village Hall, 2-7pm.

The consultation has now closed and we are examining the feedback in detail, as we develop our plans for the proposed wind farm extension.

About Fairburn Extension
LocationMarybank, Ross and Cromary in the Highlands
OwnershipSSE
Proposed MW capacityCirca 95 MW
StatusScoping request received from Scottish Government
Contact

Eilidh Edgar, [email protected]