Leading independent renewable energy company RES has announced early development plans for a new wind farm in the Scottish Highlands. The company is looking at the potential for a 25-turbine project on the Culachy Estate to the east of the A82, between Invergarry and Fort Augustus.
RES is a British company with more than 30 years’ experience in wind energy development and will undertake a comprehensive consultation process with the local community ahead of submitting an application to the Scottish Government for the project in 2014.
Alan Macintyre, Development Project Manager, commented:
“RES believes that there is significant potential for sensitively designed wind energy developments in the Highlands. We firmly believe that we can design a wind farm at Culachy which will minimise visual impacts and maximise economic benefits for the area. We are pleased to be working with the Culachy Estate, which has a longstanding track record of providing important contributions to the local community and economy. We are committed to ensuring that our plans for Culachy Wind Farm build on these positive benefits. RES values community involvement, as we believe it plays an important part in shaping the plans for our projects. We look forward to openly engaging with the local community over our plans for Culachy Wind Farm.”
RES estimates that a project the size of Culachy Wind Farm could bring more than £6.9 Million into the local economy during construction and the first year of operation. In addition, the community would be able to access a community benefits package of £5,000 per installed megawatt, made up of RES’ innovative Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS) and a Community Benefit Fund. Based on initial calculations, over its life time Culachy Wind Farm has the potential to provide £9.3 Million in community benefits directly to the closest Highland communities.