Dunbeath Wind Energy Ltd proposes to develop a wind farm immediately to the west of Dunbeath, between Berriedale Water and Dunbeath Water in the Highlands of Scotland. A planning application for the proposed “Dunbeath Wind Farm” has been submitted to the Scottish Executive for consent. Dunbeath Wind Energy is a joint venture between RDC Scotland Limited and Falck Renewables.
The Dunbeath Wind farm site is located on rough grazed moorland approximately 4 km inland from Dunbeath between Berriedale Water and Dunbeath Water and consists of rolling coastal hills. The town of Wick lies 30 km to the northeast and Helmsdale 18 km to the southwest of the site. The application site is subject to crofting by two Sheep Stock Clubs. Access to the site is via the A9 and an unclassified road to Braemore. Two abandoned quarries exist within the site.
The wind farm is expected to be comprised of 17 turbines, each having a three bladed rotor of 90 m in diameter, supported on a tapered cylindrical tower of 80 m hub height giving a maximum height of 125 m. Each turbine will have a maximum power output of 3 MW. Once constructed the wind farm could provide enough electricity to supply almost half the houses in the Highlands.
The full Section 36 application and Environmental Statement was submitted to the Scottish Executive on 10th August 2005. The application was recommended for approval by the Highland Council following an amendment to the planning application which removed 5 turbines. The Scottish Executive decided to refer the application to a Public Inquiry which took place in July 2011.