Scottish and Southern Energy
(SSE) have been granted planning permission by The Highland Council to develop a 40MW wind farm at Fairburn in Ross-shire.
According to SSE, the wind farm will have 20 turbines and, subject to a final investment decision, construction work is expected to begin later this year. Its development will require investment of around £45m.
When Fairburn is commissioned, SSE will have 315MW of installed onshore wind farm capacity. This includes the Drumderg, Toddleburn and Achanay wind farms, all of which have planning consent and which are at various stages of development. It will be SSE's eighth onshore wind farm.
Following the granting of consent for the Fairburn development and the expected completion of the Airtricity acquisition, SSE will have over 900MW of onshore wind farm capacity in operation, under construction or with consent in the UK and Ireland.
'The success at Fairburn means we have secured consent for four separate wind farm developments in 16 months,’ said Ian Marchant, Chief Executive of SSE. ‘The combination of our growing portfolio of wind farm assets and those of Airtricity will further reinforce our position as the UK's leading generator of electricity from renewable sources.'