Loch Liath Wind Farm

Find out more about Statkraft's proposal for the Loch Liath Wind Farm

The proposals for Loch Liath Wind Farm are developing. In December 2020, we submitted a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government to consider the potential of up to 26 turbines, with a tip height up to 200m. In May 2021 we held an online exhibition to engage with and listen to the local community on how the project can bring benefits to the area - from community funding to improved access to broadband. These responses are being analysed to develop the project.

The project size is determined by the studies we undertake and the consultation feedback we receive.

This website will be kept updated over the development period to keep you informed and to hear your views and ideas.

You can find out more about our development team and Statkraft in the UK.

For more detail about Loch Liath Wind Farm click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions.

The proposals for Loch Liath Wind Farm are developing. In December 2020, we submitted a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government to consider the potential of up to 26 turbines, with a tip height up to 200m. In May 2021 we held an online exhibition to engage with and listen to the local community on how the project can bring benefits to the area - from community funding to improved access to broadband. These responses are being analysed to develop the project.

The project size is determined by the studies we undertake and the consultation feedback we receive.

This website will be kept updated over the development period to keep you informed and to hear your views and ideas.

You can find out more about our development team and Statkraft in the UK.

For more detail about Loch Liath Wind Farm click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Statkraft releases latest annual Low Emissions Scenario report

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    For the sixth consecutive year, Statkraft have released its Low Emissions Scenario - an analysis of the energy world towards 2050.

    The Scenario covers the energy transition necessary to move towards a low emissions world.

    It finds that renewable energy and electrification are the main solutions to decarbonisation, with green hydrogen playing a key role in industry and heavy transport.

    Currently, the Earth’s temperature is 1.1 degrees warmer than it was during pre-industrial times, and we are already seeing the effects of climate change in the form of extreme heat, wildfires, and violent floods. The UN Climate Panel’s sixth report, released in August 2021, made us even more acutely aware of how a temperature increase of two, three and four degrees will have dramatic consequences for our planet. Two degrees is simply too much - we need to limit global warming to a level as far down towards 1.5 degrees as possible.

    As we face the challenge ahead, it is also important to look back and celebrate achievements:

    • Global sales of battery electric cars increased by 40%, even though total car sales fell in 2020.
    • 2020 had a record-high buildout of solar and wind power.
    • Green investments increased in 2020 despite the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Investment in renewable power was (7%) higher in 2020 than in 2019.

    We must work together to make strides to meet our climate targets which include making solar power the world’s largest power source as early as 2035, ensuring green hydrogen plays a key role in industry and heavy transport sector and using renewable energy and electrification as a main solution for decarbonisation.

    Read the full report on the Statkraft website.

  • Onshore Wind in Scotland will play pivotal role in meeting net-zero targets

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    A report has been published on how to maximise the economic benefits of clean power for consumers while ensuring that the UK reaches net zero emissions at the lowest cost.

    RenewableUK has published their Onshore Wind Industry Prospectus which shows that in order to meet the challenge of net-zero more is required across the UK. It is positive that renewable energy production has overtaken fossil fuels as the biggest source of UK power generation, with a quarter of that electricity coming from onshore wind. Renewables have delivered thousands of jobs across the UK, not least in Scotland, where it remains the nation’s biggest employer in low carbon power generation.

    The RenewableUK prospectus sets out an ambition for 30GW of onshore wind by 2030. To put this into context, the UK currently produces 8.4GW using onshore wind turbines, powering over 4.2 million homes. An increase of 12GW will require a change to the National Planning Framework and working closely across sectors and communities. It will ultimately bring the following benefits:

    • Cut UK household bills by £25 a year paying back £16.3bn to consumers and supporting the growth of low cost, green hydrogen production in the UK.
    • Boost a green recovery by adding £45bn to the UK economy.
    • Create 27,000 high quality jobs across development, supply chain and operations activity.
    • Deliver high levels of local content that support levelling-up every part of the UK.
    • Permanently cut carbon emissions 6m tonnes a year– equivalent to planting a forest the size of Northern Ireland or taking 1 million cars off the road.

    Onshore wind is already the largest clean energy employed in Scotland, supporting 8,800 jobs and contributing £2.2bn each year. However, having established itself as a world leader in onshore wind production, Scotland is expected to create a further 17,000 jobs and £27.8bn Gross Value Added (GVA) through renewable energy projects.

    You can read the prospectus here or on the RenewableUK website.

  • Listening To Your Feedback

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    Between 21 May - 14 June 2021 we held an online exhibition to share our plans for the Loch Liath wind farm proposal. We asked local residents and businesses to provide feedback on our plans including the community fund, investment opportunities as well as ideas to bring meaningful benefits to the area.

    We received valuable feedback through the website and also by phone and post using our freepost feedback form. We would like to thank everyone who contributed throughout this process. All comments are being considered as the design and the layout for the wind farm evolves. We have responded to all enquiries and comments made. Anyone who responded to our consultation and didn't hear back from us, please contact us again, as GDPR prevents us from responding to anyone who didn't tick the "keep me updated" box.

    In response to the most frequently received comments and questions, we generated this FAQ document to help share our answers. We have also produced an Exhibition Summary Report which provides more detail on the responses, as well as the next steps in our local engagement.

    We welcome your questions and comments at any time - you can do this using the Feedback Form.

    We will be hosting a second round of exhibitions in due course - these may be face-to-face, virtual, or a combination of both, depending on pandemic restrictions at the time.

  • You're Invited: Find out more about 'Why here?' Webinar 29 June 2021 at 10am

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    One of the most common questions we are asked when developing our projects is 'Why here?".

    Statkraft's Head of Business and Project Development will help answer this question at a webinar on Tuesday, 29 June at 10am.

    During the webinar Richard Mardon will take us behind the scenes of the development process, with a step by step guide on the challenges faced in finding the best sites to maximise Scotland's excellent natural wind resource. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.

    Register, and find out more by clicking here.

    The event is being recorded and the link will be available shortly afterwards.

  • Loch Liath Wind Farm Consultation - Thank You

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    Thank you to all residents, businesses and interested groups who took the time to visit our virtual exhibition and provide feedback on our proposal for the Loch Laith wind farm.

    Such events are usually held in local village halls, however due to the ongoing pandemic and keeping within Scottish Government guidelines, our consultation was held online between 21 May - 14 June 2021. The event included opportunities for live Q&A sessions with the project team, a ‘call back’ service to allow members of the public to request a chat with our team at a time suitable to them, and the opportunity to leave comments and feedback online.

    We are now assessing all feedback and will respond to each consultee. Please note that anyone who returned one of our freepost reply cards or online feedback who didn't tick the "keep me updated" box means we are unable to respond directly, due to GDPR legislation.

    All feedback helps us to shape the final design of the project. We are still at the design phase so any comments received at this stage are very helpful. Although the virtual exhibition has now closed, we still encourage you to contact us and 'Ask a Question' or provide 'Your Feedback'.

    The consultation brochure can be viewed here, and the project FAQ's will be updated as the project progresses.

    We plan to host another event later this year to provide more information and a refined design - hopefully this will include some face-to-face events, if the pandemic restrictions allow.

  • Virtual Exhibition Launched for Loch Liath Proposals

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    Today marks the first day of the virtual exhibition for Loch Liath wind farm.

    The exhibition runs from 21 May to 14 June 2021 and will include:

    • visuals of the proposed project
    • videos from the project team
    • frequently asked questions
    • an opportunity to speak to the project team directly

    An invitation to attend the virtual exhibition has been sent to over 2,000 homes, advertised in the Press and Journal and advertised on social media to ensure that local residents know about the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal. The invitation included a freepost reply card and an 0800 phone number for those who are unable to participate online.

    The virtual exhibition website enables visitors to ask questions, or join the Online Chat with the development team at the following times:

    • 27 May, 1-3pm
    • 1 June, 6-8pm
    • 14 June, 2-4pm

    Heather Lafferty, Development Project Manager said:

    “We welcome all feedback on our plans for the Loch Liath Wind Farm. What we are displaying is the maximum size the project could be. The scheme will change as more information is gathered, so this is a great time for residents to provide their feedback. We’ll also be talking to businesses about how the project can bring new investment to the community including using local suppliers.”

    Statkraft has committed to presenting the revised proposals to the community later this year, before an application is submitted for planning consent.


  • Newsletter - Project Update

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    Our latest newsletter provides an update on the development, and general news about Statkraft.

    View the newsletter.

  • Statkraft recognised at Highlands and Islands Renewable Awards

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    Our approach to the proposed extension to Berry Burn Wind Farm in Moray has been selected as a finalist in the Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards.

    The devastating wildfire of April 2019 required a new approach to restore and enhance the biodiversity of the site, and we're proud of what has been achieved both in terms of the project design and how we shared our plans with the community. Find out more at www.berryburn-extension.co.uk

    The project was also recently recognised as a finalist in the Outstanding Project Award category at the 2020 Scottish Green Energy Awards.

    The awards are part of the annual Highlands Renewable Energy Conference, taking place on 25 February. Find out more about the event and the awards at www.hnmedia.co.uk/renewable-energy-day


  • Announcing Loch Liath Wind Farm

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    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)(External link) (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.

    Please Register to receive project updates, or contact us with your questions or comments.

Page last updated: 26 Jan 2022, 09:50 AM