NO objections have been raised by the Highland Council to SSE Renewables’ proposed extension to Achany Wind Farm.
The planned extension would be constructed on land adjacent to the firm’s operational 19 turbine and 38 megawatt (MW) Achany Wind Farm near Lairg in Sutherland.
If given the full go ahead, SSE Renewables said that the volume of renewable energy generated by both the existing site and extension would be in excess of 108MW.
It was agreed that no objections to the development be raised by the local authority, subject to the removal of two turbines.
Gillian Wilson, senior project manager for the Achany extension, commented,“We are pleased with the Highland Council’s decision today. This is a positive decision and we believe it recognises our commitment and track record at SSE Renewables to always develop onshore wind energy projects in a responsible way.
“Achany Extension has been designed sensitively and will maximise the use of existing infrastructure at our operational Achany Wind Farm. We have listened carefully to people’s views to ensure that we are considering local needs and priorities wherever possible.
“The delivery of our green energy projects in Scotland is supporting more than 1,000 Scottish supply chain jobs and we are committed to delivering a significant contribution to our renewable energy targets. If consented, Achany extension would bring substantial employment opportunities and investment in the local Highland economy, supporting the green recovery and our drive to net zero.”