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Waternish Wind Farm

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Overview

Wind Development Holdings Limited is evaluating prospects for a wind farm on land at Greshornish, on the Waternish Peninsula, approximately 4.5km to the north-east of Dunvegan. The potential site for the wind farm is made up largely of commercial forestry as well as surrounding areas of open moorland.

Waternish Wind Farm would be a further step on our national journey towards net zero, securing clean, green, renewable energy and building future energy security. Our proposal would generate over 50MW of energy, meaning that we are preparing a planning application for the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit.

The initial proposals envisage up to 15 turbines, with a tip height of up to 200m, and a total generating capacity of over 50MW.

Working closely with local people, community groups and local businesses, our mission is to develop Waternish Wind Farm as an asset to the local community, including exploration of community ownership options.

If approved, the project will support a long-term community benefit package which can fund a wide range of initiatives that reflect local ambitions and are distributed as directed by the local community.

You can view our scoping report for Waternish Wind Farm on our Resources page, where we will display up-to-date materials relating to the project as it progresses.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS

Prior to submitting any application to the Scottish Government we will share our proposals as they evolve with key stakeholders and the local community, via public exhibition events, and displaying various updates on this website.

We held our first public exhibitions at the end of March in Uig and Waternish and our second public exhibitions in September in Edinbane, Waternish and Uig. We also held a community design workshop for representatives of community councils and local groups in the summer.

As a developer we are committed to bringing forward sensitively designed onshore wind farms, working closely with local communities throughout the process. The willingness of local people to engage with us is a key part of our collaborative approach.

You can see copies of the information provided at our public exhibitions here.

Our Proposal

15 turbines

up to 200m tip height

Over 50 Megawatts of green energy

powering c. 58,000 homes per year

Providing ~£360,000

a year in community benefit

Industry-leading battery storage

which will store the renewable energy on site and top up generation at times of peak demand

Potential green hydrogen

production capacity on-site

Timeline

November 2022

Scoping report submitted

March 2023
Scoping opinion received

Public exhibition
jUNE 2023

Local community design workshop

Summer 2023

Public exhibition on revised proposals

October 2023

Submission of planning application

ABOUT WIND DEVELOPMENT HOLDINGS LIMITED

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Wind Development Holdings Limited is a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable, one of the world’s largest publicly traded, pure-play renewable power platforms. Our portfolio consists of hydroelectric, wind, utility-scale solar and storage facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia and totals over 25,400 megawatts of installed capacity and a development pipeline of approximately 110,000 megawatts of renewable power assets, 8 million metric tons per annum of carbon capture and storage, 2 million tonnes of recycled material and 3 million metric million British thermal units of renewable natural gas pipeline.