This public exhibition is being hosted on-line due to the Government’s Covid-19 advice and guidelines. We had originally planned to hold a public exhibition event in Stratherrick Hall in April 2020 however the exhibition materials have been provided here instead. The aim of the exhibition is to introduce ourselves, inform the local community of our proposals for Corriegarth 2 Windfarm and to receive your feedback. We hope you find the site informative and we encourage you to use the links provided to ask us any questions you may have about the development.
The Corriegarth 2 Windfarm online public exhibition survey has now closed however we are happy to continue to receive your feedback and any questions you may have about the project via the ‘contact us’ section of this page.
About the project
Corriegarth 2 Windfarm surrounds the operational Corriegarth Windfarm. The site is located approximately 15 kilometers (km) northeast of Fort Augustus and 10km southeast of Foyers.
The current proposal is for a windfarm comprising 17 turbines each with a maximum tip height of 149.9 metres (m) and an output between 60 and 96 MW.
Locating the windfarm next to the existing Corriegarth Windfarm will enable shared use of the existing access tracks and the overhead power line therefore minimising the amount of new construction work required.
The Existing Corriegarth Wind Farm has been operational since 2017 and consists of:
- 23 Turbines with a tip height of 120m
- A total output capacity of 69 MW
- Approximately 25 km of access tracks
- An on-site substation connecting into the Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission’s overhead line to their substation at Farigaig
Click on the images below to take a closer look at the Layout and Location plans for the Corriegarth 2 Windfarm.
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The need for the project
On 28th April 2019, Scotland’s First Minister declared a “climate emergency”, following this the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 was passed committing Scotland to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045, at the latest.
The Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy, published in December 2017, sets out the target of achieving the “equivalent of 50% of the energy for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources” by 2030. In order to meet this, and wider renewable energy targets by 2030, approximately 17GW of installed capacity will be required throughout Scotland. As onshore wind offers the lowest cost renewable energy technology it is a vital component of the renewables industry in Scotland and will play a key part in achieving these targets.
The proposed development could contribute to these targets by adding between 60-96 MW of installed onshore wind capacity over its 30 year operational lifespan.
Turbine layout design
The project Environmental Assessment and Design team comprising of: wind, geotechnical and civil engineers; landscape architects; ecologists; and archaeologists, are working together to design a windfarm which balances the requirement to optimise the energy output whilst minimising environmental impacts. Throughout the design process the following factors have been considered:
- Technical constraints such as the wind pattern and steepness of slopes
- Offsite environmental constraints such as landscape and visual effects
- Onsite environmental constraints such as effects on vegetation, peat, watercourses and birds
The design and location of the turbines and other infrastructure is an ongoing, iterative process informed by: desk and field studies: consultation with stakeholders; and the knowledge and experience gained from the construction and operation of Corriegarth Windfarm.
To date the main aims of the design process have been to develop a layout which:
- Accords visually with the operational Corriegarth Wind Farm which, as far as is practical, avoids the clustering of turbines and the isolation of outlying turbines in views from key locations
- Takes into account the pattern of existing and proposed wind farms in the area
- Considers landscape impacts on designated areas including the Cairngorms National Park, Special Landscape Areas Loch Ness and Duntelchaig and the Monadhliath Wild Land Area
- Considers visual effects on local residential and amenity receptors
- Minimises impacts on sensitive habitats such as peat
- Takes into account use of the site by protected species
- Minimises impacts on surface and groundwater
Since the start of the development process the main changes to the design have been:
- Reduction of turbine heights from 180m to 149.9m to reduce the scale difference with the existing Corriegarth turbines and avoid the need for visible aviation lighting.
- Reduce the horizontal spread of turbines.
- Good wind resource
- Existing windfarm allows use of existing windfarm tracks and overhead transmission line to connect to the national grid
- Good access from the public road
- Available land
- Previous application demonstrated limited and acceptable significant environmental impacts
- Provision of clean, green, renewable electricity
- Generate job opportunities for local supply chains and ongoing maintenance contracts
- Help secure home grown energy for the UK
- Community benefit of £5,000/MW per year
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Baseline environmental surveys
April 2019 – December 2020
Surveys undertaken to establish the existing “baseline” environmental conditions on and around the site.
A pre-application meeting was held prior to the submission of the Scoping report with The Highland Council, Scottish Government and other statutory consultees (October 2019) to present the initial proposal layout for Corriegarth 2 Windfarm and receive initial feedback.
Early layout design and desktop studies
July 2019 – June 2020
Design of the turbine and infrastructure layout is an evolving process based on information gained during the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
Scoping Report Submitted
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Opinion was sought from the Scottish Ministers on the environmental information to be provided in the EIA Report (EIAR).
Pre-application public consultation
We are currently here.
This exhibition provides us with an opportunity to introduce ourselves and present our proposals and findings to date and provides you with the opportunity to ask questions about the proposal and also provide us with your feedback by using this form.
What happens next?
- Further Layout evolution: continued evolution of the layout based on constraints and responses from statutory consultees and public consultation.
- Gate Check: a Gate Check Report will be issued to the Scottish Ministers and key stakeholders outlining consultation responses received and how matters raised during the Scoping process will be dealt with in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR).
- Preparation of Environmental Impact Assessment Report
- Submission of Section 36 Application to Scottish Government
We are committed to offering a community benefit package of £5,000 per installed MW per annum during the life of the project.
The UK renewables industry plays a big role in the economy by producing, transforming and supplying energy in its various forms to all sectors. UK Government statistics, reported by Scottish Renewables (2018), show turnover from renewable energy activity in Scotland was £5,458 million in 2016, with individual sectors showing employment increases of up to 300% between 2015 and 2016. Scottish onshore wind projects, which support 8,000 jobs, delivered almost half (45.8%) of the UK’s turnover from onshore wind in 2016, the latest year for which figures are available. Scotland’s turnover from onshore wind activities totalled £1.5 billion in 2016 and achieving ‘world leader’ status for renewables in 2017.
Investment in renewable energy generation in the Highlands is not only helping to meet Council and national climate change targets but it has also delivered economic benefits for the area.
If this project is awarded consent, the range of services that will be required to construct the windfarm include:
- Construction companies
- Electrical contractors
- Plant hire – excavators, wagons
- Concrete producers
- Reinforced steel manufacturers
- Potentially local stone quarries and aggregates
- Site Managers and Ecological Clerk of Works
- General supplies
- Cleaning and waste solutions