Press release | 2014-11-17 | 17:28 PM

Energy company to explore potential of Argyll wind farm with community

Community ownership to be discussed.

A leading Swedish energy company has said today it is looking into the potential for a wind farm in one of the windiest spots in Britain.

Vattenfall is keen to talk to residents, communities and businesses around Tarbert, Skipness and Whitehouse about how a wind farm at Cnoc an Fhionn can bring the widest possible benefit to their area. This includes the possibility of the community owning part of the wind farm.

Alison Daugherty, Vattenfall’s Project Manager for the potential scheme, said: “We are at an early stage of assessing the potential for a wind farm at Cnoc an Fhionn. We would encourage as many people, community groups and local businesses as possible to join us at the information days to discuss any concerns they may have but also discuss how a wind farm at Cnoc an Fhionn can deliver the widest possible benefit from their home-grown energy.”

The location of the development area at Cnoc an Fhionn is 4km south of Tarbert, in the north of Kintyre.

Vattenfall has started to inform local people about a potential wind farm and has posted a newsletter to residents. In addition, Vattenfall are inviting local residents to attend one of a series of open sessions to meet the project team and to discuss key issues, and offer the opportunity for the public to have input into the assessment and design of the site.

Event details

Tuesday, 2nd December 2014, 3pm-8pm at Skipness Village Hall
Wednesday, 3rd December 2014, 3pm-8pm at Whitehouse Village Hall
Thursday, 4th December 2014, 12pm-8pm at Tarbert Village Hall

In Scotland, Vattenfall already operates the 18-turbine Edinbane Wind Farm on the Isle of Skye and this month finished the construction of the 18-turbine Clashindarroch Wind Farm in Aberdeenshire. As part of a wider UK pipeline, it is currently developing another three onshore wind farms in Scotland.