Press release | 2015-03-04 | 17:32 PM

Vattenfall confirms wind farm plans

Community interested in benefit fund and ownership

A leading Swedish energy company has announced early plans to assess the impact of a possible 13 turbine wind farm in the north of Kintyre.

The company, Vattenfall, is now officially seeking the opinion of official bodies, including Argyll & Bute Council, on Cnoc an Fhionn Wind Energy Project with turbines at a proposed 110 metres tall. This official request, called 'scoping', asks interests to advise on researching the impact of the scheme to help determine the layout of the project ahead of a formal planning application.

Recent engagement on a potential scheme has also highlighted interest in both the community fund which is pegged at £5,000 per megawatt installed and potential ownership. Vattenfall will continue talking with local residents about these opportunities.

The developer confirmed that any formal proposal would be decided by Argyll & Bute Council as Cnoc an Fhionn's total installed capacity will be less than 50 megawatts, the threshold for Scottish Government determination. An application is scheduled for early 2016 and would follow continued consultation and research through the rest of 2015.

Alison Daugherty, Vattenfall's Project Manager for the Cnoc an Fhionn Wind Energy Project, said: "A potential wind farm at Cnoc an Fhionn has created a lot of interest in the area. Combined with our own assessments we think there is the potential for a 13 turbine wind farm and we are now seeking the opinion on what we should research to assess its potential impact.

"Local residents are also interested in the potential benefit that a substantial community fund and ownership could bring to the area. We will continue to explore opportunities with communities in the area."

Vattenfall came forward with plans for a wind farm 4km south of Tarbert, in December 2014.