Jul 17, 2014 - The maximum capacity of SSE Plc’s (LON:SSE) Stronelairg wind project in the Scottish Highlands has been set at up to 200 MW instead of 242 MW as previously planned, the UK energy group said today.
Last month, the Scottish government allowed SSE to build the 67-turbine wind farm near Fort Augustus. The company initially planned to install 83 wind turbines at the site for a total capacity of 300 MW but agreed to cut the number of the machines to 67 following a recommendation by planners. The reduced capacity could be achieved using 3-MW turbines.
When announcing the government clearance, SSE said that the Stronelairg scheme will generate up to GBP 15 million (USD 25.7m/EUR 19m) of benefits to the local community over its 25-year lifetime plus a further GBP 15 million for the Highland-wide Sustainable Development Fund.
In its interim management statement published today, SSE also said its second-quarter total power production from renewable energy sources, including hydroelectric, biomass as well as onshore and offshore wind, fell to 1,580 GWh from 1,756 GWh a year earlier.