RES has submitted a planning application for the Forss Wind Farm Extension, located at the former US Naval Radio Station near Thurso in Caithness. The proposal is for five turbines, each with a maximum height of 81m to the tip of the blade. The wind farm will have an indicative capacity of between 4.3 - 6.5 MW depending on the type of turbine chosen. The planning application along with an Environmental Statement (ES) has been submitted to The Highland Council.
The existing 7.2 MW wind farm consists of six turbines and currently generates a significant amount of clean, green renewable energy equivalent to the needs of over 3,700 households in the Highland region. The wind farm extension, if approved, will provide the equivalent to the annual consumption of an additional 3,000-5,000 households.
Alan Macintyre, Project Manager for Forss Wind Farm Extension commented: “This extension to Forss Wind Farm will provide a contribution to Scotland’s energy security and carbon reduction targets. As well as the environmental benefits from the existing Forss Wind Farm, the project has provided economic and community benefits. Through a community fund linked to the wind farm, RES is committed to providing financial benefit to the local community. Throughout the construction of the wind farm RES used local subcontractors and suppliers from the Highlands, ensuring that the local region reaped the economic benefits. It is RES’s intention that the extension project will also provide significant local benefits.”
There will be opportunities for local contractors during the construction period as RES has a policy of sourcing goods and services locally to wind farm sites wherever practicable.
The planning application along with the ES and Non-Technical Summary will be available to view at the following locations:
-Highland Council Service Point, Thurso
-Planning and Building Standards, Wick