RES submitted a Section 36 application for consent to the Scottish Government in March 2021 for a revised design of its consented Cairn Duhie Wind Farm proposal to the south east of Ferness in Nairnshire. The application reduces the consented 20-turbine site to an optimised 16-turbine scheme using modern, efficient turbines. The Highland Council raised an objection to this application in February 2022, triggering a public inquiry process.
The revised Cairn Duhie scheme lies in area identified by The Highland Council as having ‘potential for wind farm development’. If consented, the wind farm would be capable of generating clean, low-cost renewable electricity for around 52,000 homes. The project is also predicted to deliver around £4.4 million of inward investment in the form of local jobs, employment and use of local services and will provide around £21 million in business rates to The Highland Council over its operational lifetime.
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