Press release | 2015-01-08 | 09:33 AM

Vattenfall to explore benefits of potential Highland wind farm with community

A leading Swedish energy company is to explore the benefits of a potential wind farm in Strathspey and Badenoch this month as it starts engagement with local residents, communities and businesses.

Vattenfall’s assessment of a possible scheme near Grantown-on-Spey is at an early stage. Vattenfall will run a number of information days and wants to speak to as many people, groups and businesses as possible about the Ourack Wind Energy Project. Details of the two events are below.  

Frank Park, Vattenfall’s Project Manager for the possible wind farm six kilometres north of Grantown-on-Spey, said: “Effective and early local engagement is at the heart of developing a scheme which brings the widest possible benefit to the area. This early local engagement is a genuine opportunity to influence the research and assessment of the Ourack Wind Energy Project. 

“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 can deliver the widest possible benefit from home-grown renewable energy.” 

Early assessment of the development area for Ourack Wind Energy Project suggests that a major, commercial scheme could be feasible. The potential of such a scheme will be part of the dialogue with local people and form the basis of specialist research before a layout and final turbine number are set out in 2016. 

In Scotland, Vattenfall already operates the 18-turbine Edinbane Wind Farm on the Isle of Skye and recently finished the construction of the 18-turbine Clashindarroch Wind Farm in Aberdeenshire. With four projects in development in Scotland, Vattenfall could invest £500m by 2021 and provide a major opportunity to Scottish business. 

 

Engagement sessions 

Edinkillie Hall, Dunphail
Wednesday 21 January 2015 – 2pm – 8pm 

Inverallan Parish Church Hall, Grantown-on-Spey
Thursday 22 January 2015 – 2pm – 8pm