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We have submitted a proposal for a 27 turbine wind farm at Dalnessie, north-east of Lairg, in Sutherland.
We are disappointed at the decision made by the Highland Council North Planning Committee to raise an objection to the proposed Dalnessie wind farm, located north-east of Lairg. The final decision for the wind farm proposal, which comprises 27 turbines with a total installed capacity of up to 81MW, rests with Scottish Ministers.
Wind turbines produce electricity by using the natural power of the wind to drive a generator.
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We recognise that our investments in new electricity generation benefit from the co-operation of the local community in a variety of ways, particularly during the construction phase. In recognition of this, our policy is to establish long-term funds to support community projects in areas where we are developing generation projects.
We have submitted a proposal for a 27 turbine wind farm at Dalnessie, approximately 13km north-east of Lairg, in Sutherland. We have been gathering wind data from the site since early 2010, when meteorological masts were erected. In June 2010, after undertaking some initial baseline studies, we entered the Scoping stage of the project and a Scoping Report (a copy of the report can be found below) was issued to statutory and non-statutory consultees in order to obtain feedback and refine the scope of the environmental work. In March 2011 we held a public consultation exhibition in Lairg in order to engage with the local community on the proposal and provide the opportunity for people to raise questions, concerns, ideas or comments that could be considered as part of the development process. We then presented the final proposal at a public exhibition in Lairg during early December 2011 and our project team were present to discuss the design and to answer any questions. In February 2012 we submitted the proposal to the Scottish Government. Throughout the planning process we will continue to maintain our dialogue with the local Community Councils and wider community. Copies of the Environmental Statement which accompanies the submission are available for public viewing at the following locations:
A copy of the non technical summary is available.
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