Residents from across Fort Augustus and Invergarry attended events last week to learn more about the proposals from independent renewable energy developer, Fred. Olsen Renewables, to develop Culachy Wind Farm, south of Fort Augustus.
Attendees at the events were able to view the revised plans for a wind farm located on the Culachy Estate approximately 7.5km south of Fort Augustus and meet with members of the Fred. Olsen Renewables team to hear about how the plans had changed since earlier that year.
The proposals on display showed how the company had reduced the number of turbines on the site, as well as the height. The final plans contained eight turbines with a height of up to 200m to tip – delivering 57MW of clean electricity.
The display helped to demonstrate how the proposals had been changed to minimise visual impact from Fort Augustus and communicate the opportunities that the proposals present locally.
Rachel Baird, Project Manager at Fred. Olsen Renewables, commented:
“I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to attend our events last week. The feedback that we received was really positive and I hope that events provided an opportunity for attendees to have their questions answered.
“We are completing our final assessments and hope to submit an application to the Scottish Government in early 2023. We will work continue to work closely with the local community to keep them informed.”
The proposals for Culachy Wind Farm will deliver over £9m in community benefit. The community benefit fund will be shaped by the local community and designed to support existing initiatives and future projects.