Photomontage: Cnoc An Eas Wind Farm, Highlands

Cnoc an Eas

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Location

Highland Council - west of Drumnadrochit and on the north side of Glen Urquhart, above Loch Meiklie.

Status

Appeal Submitted to the DPEA under case reference PPA-270-2155

Force 9 Energy has submitted a planning application to the Highland Council for our proposed Cnoc an Eas wind farm, located approximately 9km west of Drumnadrochit. The proposed wind farm comprises 13 turbines with a potential installed capacity of 44.2MW.

 

Force 9 Energy has liaised extensively with community representatives, Council officers and other interested stakeholders over the past two years regarding the wind farm proposal and, on 26th February 2016, submitted a comprehensive package of Supplementary Environmental Information to Highland Council. That package of Information, together with explanatory cover letter, is available to download under ‘Links & Downloads’ above. 

*Please note that this figure is based on 13 turbines with a rated capacity of 3.4MW operating at 27.3% capacity (long term average capacity factor for onshore wind from Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2016) and assuming 3,994 is the average UK household electricity consumption in kW hours (based on DECCs publication Energy Consumption in the UK (2016).

Gallery

  • Viewpoint from A831 near Balnain
  • Viewpoint from A831 near Crask of Aigas

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Community benefit

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in February 2016 with Soirbheas, a local community charity which was set up “to strengthen and support the communities of Glen Urquhart and Strathglass” and which already has experience of administering community benefit funds for renewable energy projects.
The Memorandum confirms that Community Benefit will be paid at the prevailing Scottish Government recommended rate, subject to a minimum of £2,500 per Mega Watt of Installed Capacity. It also confirms that Soirbheas will have the opportunity to buy a share of the net revenue streams from the project, with a guaranteed minimum annual return.