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SSE submits Glencassley plans

UK: SSE Renewables today submitted plans for a 26-turbine wind farm at Glencassley, north-west of Lairg in the Scottish Highlands.

The proposed project, submitted today to the Scottish Government for approval, would have an installed capacity of up to 78MW and take around 18 months to build.

Detailed surveys and assessments have been undertaken over the last two years as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to help assess the suitability of the site for a wind farm, and the scheme has been carefully designed in order to minimise visibility in the surrounding area.

The turbine height has been reduced from 135-metres to 126.5-metres and the turbine numbers have almost halved from the original 47-turbine design.

The submission follows a period of public consultation that was initiated in September 2011 with public exhibitions in Lairg and Rosehall. A further round of public exhibitions was held in May 2012 to present the final design, prior to submission.

As part of its proposal, SSE promises to provide up to £9.75 million over 25 years for community projects, including skills and training initiatives, through its community investment programme.

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