Renewable energy firm Infinergy has secured approval from the Scottish government to develop the 39.1MW Tom Nan Clach wind farm in north-east Tomatin, Nairnshire.
The wind farm will feature 17 turbines and will have the capacity to provide enough power for over 18,000 homes in the area.
On completion, the wind farm will make important contributions to the renewable energy targets set by both the Highland Council and the Scottish Government, as part of their policy to ensure greater diversity and security of electricity supplies.
Infinergy managing director Esbjorn Wilmar said the proposed wind farm’s site has good wind speeds, similar to offshore wind farms, so the company expects to see better yields generated.
"Our next step is to secure a timely grid connection from SHETL which would allow us to move forward quickly," Wilmar added.
Scotland Finance Secretary John Swinney said wind farms like Tom Nan Clach will help the government achieve its 500MW target, which could be worth up to £2.4bn to communities and rural businesses over the lifetime of the projects.
"And with more than 600MW at different stages of development and planning, the future for community and locally owned energy across Scotland looks brighter than ever," Swinney added.
Infinergy will develop the Tom Nan Clach wind farm in partnership with Cawdor Estates, a major landowner in the Highlands.
Image: The 39.1MW Tom Nan Clach wind farm will feature 17 turbines. Photo: Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.