SSE to withdraw applications of two Scottish wind farms

23 February 2014 (Last Updated February 23rd, 2014 18:30)

British electric utility SSE is planning to withdraw its Section 36 planning applications of two onshore wind farms after it found that the projects were not viable financially in the long term.

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British electric utility SSE is planning to withdraw its Section 36 planning applications of two onshore wind farms after it found that the projects were not viable financially in the long term.

The two projects include the 81MW Dalnessie wind farm in Sutherland and the proposed extension to the 36MW Fairburn wind farm in Glen Orrin, Ross-shire, Scotland.

SSE onshore renewables director Colin Nicol said that SSE continues to have a good pipeline of very strong onshore renewable developments across Scotland.

"Each project is dealt with on a case-by-case basis and the decision to end Dalnessie and Fairburn Extension means that we can redirect resources onto the best projects in our portfolio, ensuring they more effectively deliver the best value renewable energy for the consumer and SSE, consistent with our commitment to being a responsible developer," Nicol said.

In March 2012, SSE Renewables, the renewable energy development division of SSE, submitted its proposal to the Scottish Government for a wind farm at Dalnessie in Sutherland.

"The two projects include the 81MW Dalnessie wind farm in Sutherland and the proposed extension to the 36MW Fairburn wind farm."

The proposed 27 turbine site is located approximately 13km north-east of Lairg, and would have an installed capacity of between 67.45MW and 81MW.

SSE submitted a Section 36 application to the Scottish Government for a 12 turbine extension to the existing Fairburn wind in Glen Orrin, Ross-shire in summer 2013.

SSE said that the installed capacity of proposed extension would be up to 36MW and a combined generating capacity with the existing Fairburn wind farm of around 76MW.


Image: SSE to withdraw applications of Scottish wind farms. Photo: courtesy of SSE.

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