Norwegian energy company Statkraft AS is seeking regulatory permission to build an up to 49.9-MW wind park in Scotland’s Sutherland county.
The company has filed a planning application with the Highland Council, it said earlier this week. The project is a revised version of an earlier proposal that now has fewer turbines.
Under the new plan, Statkraft intends to install 12 turbines with a blade tip height of up to 149.9 metres (491.8 feet) at a site near the village of Melvich. The so-called Ackron wind park will be capable of producing around 179 GWh of electricity per year, or enough to cover the average power demand of nearly 45,800 Scottish homes, the developer estimates.
Statkraft’s original project, launched in June 2019, envisaged the installation of 14 turbines. Their number was trimmed, while the machines were moved further inland, away from coastal landscapes, to take into account feedback given by the local community.