The 18-turbine Clashindarroch wind farm in north-east Scotland was inaugurated only 18 months ago. Now Vattenfall announces its plans for 16 additional turbines next to the wind farm site in Aberdeenshire.
“Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) has had an interest in developing the wind potential at its Clashindarroch site for many years now. Thanks to a really strong relationship with FES we now think it’s worthwhile exploring the potential of adding another 16 turbines to the existing 18,”says Andrew Bennett, Vattenfall’s Project Manager.
Local fund supports community
The community has already seen the benefits of Clashindarroch with a GBP 185,000 annual fund running for the operational life of the wind farm. An additional 16 turbines would mean a major boost through a community fund, but there will also be an opportunity for the community to invest in and own part of the new project.
“It’s really important we maintain the good relationship we have built up with the community. This is achieved by early and open discussions and listening to what local people, organisations and businesses have to say about how best to maximise the potential of the site. And of course how the community can benefit from having a wind farm in their area,” Bennett says .
Guy Mortimer, UK Development Director for onshore wind, is clear about the opportunity that Clashindarroch II could capture.
“The low levelised energy cost we expect on this scheme would make it fighting fit for a new regime that demands low cost generation from wind power. It’s early days for Clashindarroch II, and we still have to get a permit from the Scottish Government, but if we do, we think Clashindarroch II will be among the most competitive in the Vattenfall UK fleet,” he says.
Early in 2017, the Scottish Government started a consultation on a new Scottish Energy Strategy. At its heart is a target to consume half of all of Scotland’s energy from renewables by 2030, from the 2014 level of around 15 percent.
“The need for more climate smarter investments to set Scotland on the road to low carbon heat and transport means that more wind power is needed. This, of course, aligns with Vattenfall’s own drive towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. I hope that our permit application is successful so that we may further increase Vattenfall’s UK capacity,”says Peter Tornberg, Head of Development in BA Wind.
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