SSE receives no objection for Gordonbush wind farm expansion in Scotland

16 February 2016 (Last Updated February 16th, 2016 18:30)

British energy company SSE has welcomed the decision of the Highland Council to raise no objection to the proposed Gordonbush Wind Farm extension.

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British energy company SSE has welcomed the decision of the Highland Council to raise no objection to the proposed Gordonbush Wind Farm extension.

Councillors on the North Highland Planning Committee voted to raise no objection to the 15-turbine extension of the wind farm.

The wind farm currently has an installed capacity of around 72MW, SeeNews Renewable reported.

Located 12km north-west of Brora, Sutherland, the wind farm has been generating power since 2012.

The clean electricity generated by the existing 35 turbines at the wind farm is enough to power nearly 60,000 homes.

SSE project manager Michael Walker said: "We are a responsible developer and we look forward to building on the strong relationships we already have with the communities close to Gordonbush in East Sutherland.

"This sensitively designed project will blend well with the existing wind farm and will make best use of the existing infrastructure. The project could also bring significant socio-economic opportunities to the local area."

"This sensitively designed project will blend well with the existing wind farm and will make best use of the existing infrastructure."

In June last year, the company submitted a Section 36 application to the Scottish government for the proposed extension to Gordonbush wind farm.

SSE currently operates hydro power, onshore wind, biomass, offshore wind and marine projects.

The company recently announced the sale of a 10% stake in the Beatrice offshore wind farm to joint venture partner Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

SSE will continue to be the lead operator of the 588MW wind farm with a 40% stake, alongside CIP and Repsol who own a 35% and 25% stake in the project respectively.


Image: The Gordonbush wind farm is generating power since 2012. Photo: courtesy of SSE.