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The information update events in Thurso and Forss last month for RES’ Cairnmore Hill Wind Farm attracted over 70 people and generated more than 40 comments forms, of which 60% were supportive of the proposal compared to 45% in 2016. The consultation events for the 8-turbine project focused on the updated design, and the comments period which closed last Friday marks a key milestone in the project’s programme.
New onshore wind is now the cheapest form of electricity generation and this site would be capable of producing low-cost, clean, green, renewable electricity for around 36,000 homes, helping improve opportunities to reduce electricity bills for consumers as well as making a valuable contribution to Scotland’s renewable energy targets and helping tackle climate change.
Scott Vallance - Development Project Manager, RES commented: “Since our last set of exhibitions in November 2016 we’ve undertaken an extensive amount of environmental survey work in order to build a thorough understanding of the site and develop a robust design. These consultation events have been a great opportunity to update the local community on the proposal and listen to their feedback, and we’d like to thank everyone who took the time to attend the events and share their views with us.”
RES has a strong track-record for working closely with the local supply chain and maximising inward investment opportunities wherever possible. If consented, the up to 36MW project has the potential to deliver approximately £2.2 million of inward investment into the local area in the form of jobs, employment and the use of local services.
Alan Gow, owner of Gow Groundworks, added: “As a local Caithness company, that employs over 30 people, we’ve witnessed first-hand how important wind farm projects like this are to the local economy. They provide a significant boost to local businesses, particularly during construction, and have positive knock-on effects all the way through the wider Caithness supply chain. Onshore wind farm work has slowed over the last few years, so it’s good to see another project like this in the pipeline and to have the opportunity to discuss the project and provide feedback at these consultation events.”
RES is now in the process of reviewing the environmental survey results and feedback received ahead of submitting a planning application to Highland Council later this year.