Scottish Government and SSE to appeal against wind farm decision

The Scottish Government and SSE have announced they will appeal against the decision to deny the construction of a 64-turbine wind farm in Scotland. Scottish Ministers previously granted consent for […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The Scottish Government and SSE have announced they will appeal against the decision to deny the construction of a 64-turbine wind farm in Scotland.

Scottish Ministers previously granted consent for the Stronelairg wind farm but a judge said the decision was “defective” and “in breach of environmental obligations”.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing granted permission for the project owned by SSE in July last year.

The project was expected to have a capacity of 240MW and SSE claims it could provide benefits worth £30m to Fort Augustus near the shores of Loch Ness.

SSE believes the consent decision “was lawful”.

In a statement it added: “Stronelairg is a carefully designed project sited on degraded peatland with the carbon payback estimated to be around 16 months. It will sit in a natural upland bowl, will not be seen from the Great Glen’s key tourist routes and will be entirely invisible from Loch Ness. Stronelairg will utilise extensive existing infrastructure at our Glendoe hydro scheme.”