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In February 2012 we submitted a proposal to the Scottish Government for a 27 turbine wind farm at Dalnessie, approximately 13km north-east of Lairg, in Sutherland.In February 2014, we announced our withdrawal of this project from planning.
Following a review of the Dalnessie proposal we have concluded that continued investment in it is no longer financially viable. As such, in February 2014 we withdrew the proposal from planning.
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 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.
Since the submission of the Scoping Report we have continued to engage with statutory and non-statutory consultees, and 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 answer any questions.
Throughout the planning process we continued to maintain our dialogue with the local Community Councils and wider community.
In February 2012 we submitted the proposal to the Scottish Government (a copy of the Non Technical Summary can be found below) followed by an Addendum of further information in September 2012 providing an amended layout to address comments received from consultees (a copy of the Non Technical Summary can be found below).
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