Dutch-based wind farm developer Eneco – which has a UK support base in Inverness – has applied for planning permission to build a new wind farm in Scotland in a partnership with Scottish Water which could generate around 142Gwh per annum – about 30% – of the utility’s annual energy requirements.
The proposed Macritch Hill Wind Farm near Kirriemuir would have the capacity to generate up to 59.4 MW of renewable energy and would comprise up to 18 wind turbines of an overall height from base to tip of about 130 yards metres (each turbine with a capacity of up to 3.3 MW).
This land is owned by Scottish Water which is currently investigating ways in which it can become self-sufficient in its energy use. Eneco was awarded the opportunity to investigate the site’s suitability to host a wind farm following a competitive tendering process.
Should the development be approved, Eneco has confirmed a community benefit package of £300,000 per year throughout the lifetime of the project would be paid.
Guy Madgwick, Director, Eneco UK, added: “Renewable energy projects that deliver real benefits such as energy savings to customers like Scottish Water are at the heart of Eneco’s sustainability mission. The Macritch Hill project would not only help Scottish Water reduce its energy costs, but will also support the Scottish Government’s target of generating the equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s own electricity demand from renewable resources by 2020.“
Chris Toop, Scottish Water’s General Manger for Energy said: “In providing essential services to our customers, we require a significant amount of energy. Increasing the amount of renewable energy generated on suitable sites or land can help us reduce our electricity bill for the benefit of our customers. In the last two years, Eneco has led an extensive stakeholder and community engagement exercise into the potential of this project. All factors have been taken into consideration and helped inform development of the planning application which has now been submitted.”
The portfolio of Warwick-based Eneco UK also includes other onshore Scottish onshore projects:
Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms, fully operational with a combined generating capacity of 42MW, located in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire; Burn of Whilk Wind Farm (22.5MW) near Wick, Caithness – currently under construction; Moy Wind Farm (60MW) in the Highlands – currently under construction and Lochluichart Wind Farm (69MW), also in the Highlands, which is fully operational.