A RENEWABLE energy developer has unveiled plans to install 12 turbines in Caithness at public exhibitions staged this week.
Eurowind is looking to apply for planning permission to build a new wind farm at Lyth which it claims will be able to power over 21,000 homes a year.
The company sent information brochures and questionnaires to over 1300 residents. At the exhibitions held in Castletown and Lyth on Monday and yesterday, it was keen to talk to people to get more information on aspects of the proposal and chat through how the wind farm will be developed and built.
Eurowind UK development director Ian Lindsay said the site, which lies 4km south of Barrock, has been chosen after careful land assessment and extensive discussions with landowners.
“The site at Lyth is already a working landscape,” he said. “We wish to be able to develop the capacity of Caithness land to deliver a future for its people, through the harvesting of wind, the generation of much-needed electricity and the economic benefits that inward investment to the area can bring.”
Eurowind intends to submit an application for planning consent to Highland Council.
The pre-application consultation is an integral stage in the development of the planning application but dialogue will continue after the public exhibitions end.
Of particular interest to Eurowind is how community funding could be applied to benefit the area, both in the short term and to bring a long-term economic boost to the area.
Mr Lindsay said if its plans go ahead, broadband could be something the company would be looking to improve.
“We already know from talking to local people that the provision of broadband in the area is patchy and is getting in the way of people leading their lives.
“This is an area that Eurowind already has experience of on the continent and we can bring this and financial investment to the table.
“It is also something that can usually be done reasonably quickly and can give immediate benefits.
“But this is just one potential idea – we need to know what else can be done to improve the local area and economy and look forward to further discussions on this and our proposal for Lyth wind farm.”
In July, Eurowind UK announced Lyth had become its main target for renewable development after it mothballed its plans to build 13 turbines at Barrock.
The company said its plans for development at its original target site had not been scrapped but were on hold in favour of development at Lyth.
The RWE npower renewables development of 12 turbines at Stroupster, near Auckengill, is the only wind farm in the Dunnet and Canisbay region.