The plans for 67 wind turbines on the Garrogie Estate, Fort Augustus have recently been approved and are set to benefit communities in the Highlands by up to £30 million. The new SSE Renewable development will also support the Highland-wide Sustainable Development Fund.
The approval for the Stronelairg Wind Farm is set to power 114,000 homes once completed and have a maximum generating capacity of 242MW. Alongside this, there will be a £15 million benefit to the local community over the 25 year lifetime of the development, as well as supporting the Highland-Wide Sustainable Development Fund with a further £15million. During its development and building states, the project will create 100 jobs for the Highland community. Although the original application was for 86 turbines, the re application for 67 has been accepted bypassing landscape and visual impact issues. Not only will the project benefit the Highland community, it will also aid the reduction of the Scottish carbon footprint and help Scotland reach its target of the equivalent of 100 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables. Alongside this approval has also come the rejection of the Newfield proposal for 21 wind turbines in Dumfries and Galloway due to visual impacts and strong opposition from its local residents. http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/-30m-to-benefit-the-Highlands-d4b.aspx