November 6 (Renewables Now) - SSE Renewables, part of UK utility SSE plc (LON:SSE), has been granted consent to add 11 turbines to the existing 70-MW Gordonbush onshore wind farm in Sutherland county, Scotland.
The Scottish renewable energy developer and operator announced today its earlier consent for a 15-turbine extension, granted in 2017, had been revised down to 11 by Scottish ministers on Tuesday.
The company plans to maximise the use of the approved wind turbine count by resorting to more powerful machines and increasing their height by less than 20 metres to 149.9 metres.
Ahead of taking the final investment decision, SSE Renewables intends to explore market options for the planned extension, which may include building the project without subsidies, the company said.
The Gordonbush wind farm in its current form is equipped with 35 turbines. It is located in the east of Sutherland, some 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) north-west of Brora village. The wind farm has been in operation since 2012.