We have submitted a scoping Request to the Scottish Government to progress our plans for Loch Liath Wind Farm. The proposals are at an early stage and the purpose of the Scoping Request is to receive feedback from consultees as we progress our site investigations.
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 and continuing our investment plans for Scotland.
The proposals for Loch Liath Wind Farm are at an early stage of the design process. We think there is potential for up to 26 turbines with a blade tip height of 200m. The proposals may reduce in scale as our environmental studies progress, and feedback is received from statutory consultees.
Read more in the Loch Liath project summary.
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 (External link) as part of our projects. We look forward to discussing that in more detail with the community.
Despite this project being developed on a subsidy-free basis, we are also committed to delivering community benefit funding at the rate recommended by Scottish Government of £5,000 per MW installed.
We have a history of engaging with the community, and have confidence that we can still do that despite face-to-face meetings not being possible at this time. We welcome the opportunity to speak with local residents and community groups by phone or video call at an appropriate time to outline our proposals in more detail, introduce some of the team and receive any early feedback.
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