Proposed Energy Isles Wind Farm, Shetland

Loch Liath Wind Farm

The Application for Loch Liath Wind Farm has been submitted and is currently under consideration by the Scottish Government’s Energy Consent Unit (ECU). You can view the full planning submission on this website or on the ECU website (ref. ECU00002182). All representations on the final application should be made to the ECU via their website, post or email.

Loch Liath Wind Farm is a proposal for a 13-turbine wind farm development, to the west of the Great Glen and Loch Ness, and with the closest turbine being located approximately 13 kilometres south-west of Drumnadrochit. The wind farm will consist of turbines at a combination of 180m and 200m tip heights. If consented, the project will generate enough energy to power 78,000 Scottish householder every year.

We are keen to answer any questions that you may have about the project.  You can email your questions to or call 0800 772 0668  to arrange a chat with our Loch Liath team.

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You can find the full story behind Loch Liath Wind Farm on this page, including information from the 2021 exhibition where an initial 26 turbine layout was introduced and the 2022 exhibition where the final 13 turbine layout was presented.

You can find full details of our scoping exercise, our 2021 and 2022 exhibitions and more on this site. This website will be kept updated to keep you informed as the application progresses.


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Project Timeline

  • Stage 1: Site Selection (12 months)

    Extensive research to identify suitable sites: positive indicators include good wind speed and minimal environmental and technical constraints. 


  • Stage 2: Pre-Planning (6 - 12 months)

    We request the view of the Scottish Government and The Highland Council on the level of study required (known as "Scoping").  

  • Stage 3: Submit Planning Application, and Decision (12-24 months)

    An application is submitted to the Scottish Government, accompanied by a comprehensive Environmental Report showing the results of all studies undertaken.  

  • Stage 4: Construction (18-24 months)

    If the project is approved, construction begins at least one year after consent. Construction typically takes 12-18 months and planning conditions are used to manage elements of construction.


  • Stage 5: Operation (30-35 years)

    The turbines are managed from a regionally based maintenance team, and operations are controlled by detailed planning conditions.


  • Stage 6: Decommissioning (12 months)

    At the end of the planning period, turbines are removed. A financial bond or parent company guarantee is put in place before construction starts to cover this cost.

The project team

Heather Lafferty
Senior Project Manager
Scott Vallance
Principal Project Manager
Seumas Skinner
Community Liaison Manager

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