Car Duibh Wind Farm Scoping Requested Submitted
We are pleased to have submitted a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government to progress our plans for Car Duibh Wind Farm, with the nearest proposed turbine located approximately 6km North West of Inveraray and 4.5km to the east of Dalavich in Argyll and Bute. The proposals are at an early stage and the Scoping Request to the Scottish Government seeks to continue our investigations and receive early feedback from the local community and consultees.
Recent discussions have taken place with the Energy Consents Unit, who confirmed capacity to take forward the application, and we are following Scottish Government advice throughout all of our work in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. We understand that there are more important matters due to the current health emergency but we are continuing where possible, our daily working activity to assist the green recovery in Scotland.
At this early stage in the design process we think there is potential for up to 26 turbines, up to 200m high to tip and exceeding 50MW. The proposal may reduce in scale as feedback is received from the local community, statutory consultees and as our environmental consultants progress their studies.
The Car Duibh proposal is located on the site of the previously proposed Ardchonnel Wind Farm developed by RWE. RWE has no involvement with this entirely new scheme being developed by Statkraft.
We are enthusiastic about bringing meaningful benefits to local communities. We believe we are the only wind farm developer that has pledged to commission feasibility studies to assess the potential to bring improved access to broadband as part of our projects.
Despite this project being subsidy free, we are committed to delivering £5,000 per MW per year of installed capacity in community benefit funding should the project be consented. In addition, if there is interest within the community, we can explore a community investment opportunity too - this is separate to the community benefit fund.
We have a history of engaging with the community and despite face-to-face meetings not being possible at the moment, we have confidence and experience that this can be done online. Since March 2020, we have adapted to hosted online exhibitions and met with community groups over teams and zoom to progress other projects and gather community views.
We welcome the opportunity to speak with local residents and community groups by phone or video call to outline our proposals in more detail, introduce some of the team and receive any early feedback.
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