Application for 12 turbine Ackron Wind Farm submitted
Plans for the Ackron Wind Farm near Melvich have been submitted to The Highland Council. Located approximately 2 kilometres south-east of Melvich in Sutherland, the proposal is for 12 wind turbines, with a maximum height of 149.9 metres to blade tip.
It is estimated the wind farm would generate electricity equivalent to the demand of approximately 45,800 Scottish homes each year. The wind farm would also generate funding of approximately £240,000 per year to benefit the local community, which equates to over £7.2 million over the project’s 30 year operating period.
A 14 turbine scheme was first proposed in June 2019, but has been reduced by two wind turbines after feedback from the community and statutory bodies was received.
Maya Hernes, Project Manager for Statkraft said: “The project has evolved from the original design – after listening to feedback we now have a scheme which is further inland, away from coastal landscapes and the North Coast 500 route.
“We are grateful for the engagement and interest of the community - it has been incredibly helpful throughout the design process. We would like to thank everyone for their efforts which has really played a part in shaping the final submission.”
The full planning application documents can be viewed on the project website or on the Highland Council website at www.highland.gov.uk.
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