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About Cairn Duhie Wind Farm

Cairn Duhie Wind Farm is located on land that lies south east of the village of Ferness, in Nairnshire, approximately 15km south-east of Nairn and 13.5km north/north-west of Grantown-on-Spey. The site was chosen because it lies in an area which has been identified as having ‘potential for wind farm development’ within Highland Council’s Spatial Framework policy – and has good wind speeds for energy generation, no international or national nature designations, and straight-forward access directly from the A939.

The original proposal was consented in October 2017 by the Scottish Government and comprises a 20-turbine scheme with tip heights of 110m, as well as associated infrastructure such as access tracks, a meteorological (‘met’) mast, a communications mast, a control building and substation compound, and temporary construction facilities. Whilst consented, construction has not yet started.

In August 2021, RES submitted a variation application to Scottish Ministers, under Section 36c of the Electricity Act 1989, to extend the duration of consent from 30 to 32 years and the commencement of development period from three years to six years from consent. The application was accompanied by an Addendum to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), providing further environmental information.