Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company, is consulting on a 16 turbine extension to Clashindarroch Wind Farm in Aberdeenshire, which has been operational since 2015.
The £60million Clashindarroch scheme on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park near Gartly has enjoyed a level of local support. When it opened in June 2015 some £40,000 was handed to community groups from Huntly, Strathbogie, Tap o’ Noth and the Cabrach.
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The existing Clashindarroch Community Fund receives £185,000 (index linked) every year, and more could be on its way.
Speaking ahead of March community information days in Rhynie, Haugh of Glass and Huntly, Vattenfall’s Project Manager Andrew Bennett, said: “Vattenfall’s Clashindarroch Wind Farm has been successfully generating clean, green electricity for 18 months now. On the back of this success, we would like to build further wind turbines in the Clashindarroch Forest area. Clashindarroch II will provide the local community with the chance to own part of the wind farm in addition to having a community benefit fund to invest locally.”
Vattenfall has previously been the target of robust attacks from the now President Trump for the 11 turbine European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).
Mr Trump lost his Supreme Court bid in December 2015 to overturn the Scottish Government’s consent for the project, which he claims will destroy the views from Trump International Golf Links at Menie, north of Aberdeen.
It was third time he had taken court action and failed to halt the development, after raising an action in the Court of Session in 2013 and then appealing its judgement in 2015.
Onshore work began last October. Offshore works are to start later this year with the installation of the foundations and then in early 2018 the 11 turbines will be erected. First power for the grid is expected to flow from EOWDC that summer.