Scottish electric utility SSE announced on Friday that the Scottish Government had granted consent for the Bhlaraidh wind farm, to be located north-west of Invermoriston, itself on the western shore of Loch Ness.
The planned wind farm will have a maximum capacity of 180 MW, generated by 32 wind turbines, but must address several environmental measures as it moves forward, according to Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.
Ewing was further quoted as saying that “the Bhlaraidh wind farm will create jobs both in its construction and during its lifetime, and once up and running will save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. With this wind farm we will now be able to produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 50,900 homes.”
“SSE welcomes the decision from Scottish Ministers on Bhlaraidh wind farm, and work to address the conditions associated with the consent will now commence ahead of the construction phase,” said Colin Nicol, Director of Onshore Renewables at SSE. ““During this period, SSE will be engaging with local people. We hope to continue the strong community relationships formed historically in Glenmoriston as a result of our hydro power generation, and through the wind farm proposal in more recent years.”
“This is great news for the community as we believe this project will bring significant benefits to the area. There will be job opportunities including those for young people. We are also very pleased with the way that SSE has kept us informed and engaged on the project and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them.”