Skylark Energy plans new 65MW wind farm in Argyllshire

Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder
Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder

Skylark Energy has submitted a planning application to the Scottish Government for Upper Sonachan Wind Park, near Portsonachan in Argyllshire.

Under Section 36 of the Electricity Act, planning applications for energy projects exceeding 50MW must be submitted to central Government.

With a capacity of almost 65MW, the proposed wind park near Loch Awe could generate enough renewable energy each year to power the equivalent of more than 37,000 typical homes.   

Skylark –  a joint-venture between green energy company Ecotricity and global construction firm Skanska –  now has three wind park projects in Scotland awaiting planning decisions.

Skylark General Manager, Ian Anderson, said: “Scotland shares our ambition to be self-sustaining with green energy – targeting an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“Upper Sonachan Wind Park can make a significant contribution in replacing the use of fossil fuels, resulting in an important reduction in carbon emissions in line with the Scottish Ministers’ green energy objectives.

“After detailed site assessment and environmental studies, allied to ongoing dialogue with local residents, we are happy that we have a very strong proposal for a wind park that will successfully harness the local wind resource.

“Skylark carried out two public exhibitions Portsonachan and Kilchrenan village halls, when about 40  people attended. The exhibitions demonstrated the changes that we have made to the design of the proposed site since the public consultation began in January 2015.

“The main changes include a reduction in turbine numbers from 20 to 19, a reduction in tip height from a maximum of 145 metres to 136.5 metres, and the turbines have been moved away from the ridge overlooking Annat, Taychreggan and Ardbrecknish.”

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