Scotland has approved construction of the Creag Riabhach windfarm on the Altnaharra Estate, near Lairg in the North Highlands.

Creag Riabhach will feature 22 wind turbines, with estimated savings of 66,000t of CO² annually.

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"This proposal for Creag Riabhach received popular support from the local community council and public alike."

Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “Renewable energy sources accounted for over 56.7% of gross electricity consumption in Scotland in 2015 and onshore wind is a key driver for the growth in both our renewable electricity supply and wider renewable energy sector and in the delivery of our vision for a greener Scotland and statutory climate change targets by enabling decarbonisation of electricity production.”

The proposal for constructing new windfarms received support from both public and local community councils.

Wheelhouse added: “This proposal for Creag Riabhach received popular support from the local community council and public alike and once operational the windfarm will generate enough electricity to power 36,000 homes and generate over £9m in benefits for the local community.”

The Highland Council was consulted on the application and raised no objection. The proposed development is expected to provide in excess of £9m in community benefit.