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About the revised design for Cairn Duhie Wind Farm

Cairn Duhie lies south-east of the village of Ferness, in Nairnshire, and the original 20-turbine scheme was consented by the Scottish Government in 2017. More information can be found here.

The decision to revise the design has been driven by the need to optimise the site and use modern turbines. RES wants to ensure that Cairn Duhie operates as efficiently as possible and contributes the maximum that it can towards the Scottish Government’s target of generating 50% of Scotland’s overall energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030.

With the ever-growing threat of climate change and the catastrophic impacts it could have, it is imperative that we deliver clean, low cost electricity as efficiently as possible. New onshore wind and large scale solar are now the cheapest forms of electricity generation, making onshore wind developments not only beneficial for the environment but also for bill payers. The proposed re-design of Cairn Duhie will create a scheme will deliver electricity at least cost to consumers whilst helping tackle the pressing issue of climate change.

Initial site feasibility work led to a 16-turbine layout being developed early in 2020 which was submitted as part of a Scoping Report in February 2020 to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU) and other key consultees, setting out the proposed scope of environmental assessment work. A copy of the Scoping Report can be downloaded here and high-resolution copies of the maps and figures contained in the report can be downloaded below:

Click here to download all the maps and figures above in a zipped file - 45MB (you will need appropriate software to open the zipped file and view its contents)

Further detailed environmental surveys and technical studies were undertaken as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, to help inform and develop the design, together with feedback from key consultees and community comments on the proposal from the online exhibition in May 2020.  For more information about the online exhibition click here. 

Whilst we have been working within the same site boundary area, turbine locations and heights have changed; as such RES submitted a new application for Section 36 consent to the Scottish Government (under the Electricity Act 1989 (the Act)) in March 2021. To find out more please click here.