The wind farm proposal is a result of extensive environmental and technical studies that have been undertaken to reveal the landscape's ability to sensitively harness the high wind speeds available on the Caithness coastline.
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Following the refusal of the original application for planning permission to the Scottish Government in 2016, we have reviewed the Reporters findings from the Public Inquiry. Following consideration of the issues identified within their report, we have undergone a process to resolve their concerns, which has involved significantly reducing the size of the proposal.
The updated wind farm proposal has been reduced in size from 17 wind turbines to seven. The seven wind turbines would each have a generating capacity of up to 5MW and overall blade tip height of 125m.
If planning permission is granted a substantial community benefits package would be set up to provide an annual fund available to the local community.
Examples of previous funds that have been set up include provisions for local projects, such as:
Local community groups and sports clubs
The development or regeneration of community buildings
Wildlife and biodiversity enhancement
Drum Hollistan Renewables LLP would like to provide a community benefit model where specific localised needs are targeted. We would like to ensure that the community plays a significant role in the distribution of any funds. Suggestions on the most suitable structure for a community benefit fund are welcomed, as well as the preferred uses for the fund.
Wind Energy in Scotland
In 2011 the Scottish Government revised its 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy in Scotland and established a target of generating 100% of the electricity demand equivalent from renewable energy.
Onshore wind turbines are the most technically and commercially established renewable energy generation technology available in Scotland. Onshore wind farms therefore are of vital importance if we are going to meet the targets that have been set by the Scottish Government.
Drum Hollistan Renewables LLP are keen to help provide a more sustainable energy supply for Scotland through the development of the proposed wind farm development.
The Drum Hollistan Wind Farm would provide a significant contribution to Scotland's overall renewable energy capacity and help to address the serious challenges posed by Climate Change.