The proposed wind turbines will be sited approximately 3km south of Melvich on two local farms, Kirkton Farm and Upper Bighouse, as shown in the site location plan below. This map shows the site (outlined in red) in the context of the surrounding area.
The proposal for the project comprises up to 14 turbines, each with a blade tip height of up to 149.9 metres, which will have a total installed capacity of up to 70MW.
Detailed visual materials including photomontages and wireframes will be prepared in due course, and will be available to view at public exhibitions.
Wind2 have received a formal Scoping Opinion from the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit (ECU). This process has formalised the scope of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) required to inform the planning application. Following consultation with statutory consultees, it is anticipated that the key considerations for assessment within the EIA are the landscape and visual impact, including cumulative development in the area, on-site peat, ornithology, and noise.
The Scoping application can be viewed on the ECU website: https://www.energyconsents.scot/ApplicationDetails.aspx?cr=ECU00003244
We anticipate that a planning application will be submitted to the ECU in early 2022.
Based on an installed capacity of approx. 70MW, Kirkton wind farm will have the potential to generate around 240,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity annually, sufficient to meet the needs of around 67,000 homes, while offsetting approximately 100,000 tonnes of CO2 per year*.
*Calculation correct as of September 2021 based on RenewableUK methodology, utilising the most recent statistics from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (https://www.renewableuk.com/page/UKWEDExplained)