Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company developing a Highland wind farm, is backing the Jacobite Mountain Bike Challenge this Sunday at Freuchie Park, Castle Grant.
The wind farm developer of the Ourack Wind Energy Project, 6km north of Grantown-on-Spey, will also be at the event on 21 June and is keen to speak to the public about its ideas for the clean energy project.
Carl Stewart, organiser of the event, said: “We have got three routes setting off from the grounds of Castle Grant and the Jacobite Mountain Bike Challenge will have something for anyone interested in mountain biking. It is fantastic that Vattenfall have teamed up with us to support this event.”
Joanne Hutchinson, Vattenfall’s Senior Communications Adviser, said: “Vattenfall wants to develop and operate wind farms in a socially responsible way. The project’s at an early stage but we’re pleased to be able to get behind the Jacobite Mountain Bike Challenge, even if we can’t put the wind in the sails of the mountain bikers.”
In January Vattenfall started developing a major wind farm north of Grantown-on-Spey. Since then it has started to talk with local groups about its plans, including opportunities for shared ownership by the community. In April The Highland Council refused planning permission for two temporary wind monitoring masts. Vattenfall is considering its response to that decision, which could include appealing to have the decision overturned.