Scottish Ministers have announced that consent has been granted for SSE’s 76MW wind farm Strathy North, near Strathy village, Sutherland.
The Strathy North wind farm has been the subject of detailed scrutiny and SSE has welcomed the support for the project from the local communities. The wind farm will comprise 33 turbines over an area of around 950 hectares within Strathy North Forest which is a commercial conifer plantation.
David Gardner, Director of Onshore Renewables said: “SSE welcomes the decision from Scottish Ministers on Strathy North wind farm and all the support we have received from local communities.
“Work to address the conditions associated with the consent will now take place and we are aiming to start construction within the next twelve months. During this time we will be engaging with communities ahead of the construction phase when we hope to build on the good community relations and exemplary record we have built up during the construction of the Gordonbush wind farm near Brora. “
“In addition, SSE will be providing over £4.75m of community benefit funds over the next 25 years and has plans for additional improvements in the area to increase road safety.”
Janette MacKay, Chair of Strathy and Armadale Community Council said, “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 potential for the young people, community benefit funds and other work that SSE has offered to undertake to help address local road safety issues. We are also very pleased with the way that SSE has kept us informed and engaged with us on the project and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them.”
SSE currently has over 2,500MW of commissioned renewable energy capacity in the UK and Ireland including hydro, onshore wind, offshore wind and biomass.