||15km southwest of Wick and 4km north of Lybster
||80m to hub, 130m to tip†
Following feedback from our public exhibition back in January, we’ve made changes to the proposal which we’d like to share with you. We’re now proposing that the site could accommodate up to 19 wind turbines, removing three turbines from the layout presented at the public exhibition. We paid particular attention to feedback from local residents regarding the presented viewpoint at Roster. This viewpoint was of great concern which enabled the team to update the design taking into consideration the views portrayed at the exhibition and subsequent comments received. Further information can found in our Caithness newsletter, which we issued out to local residents in July 2016 and can be downloaded here.
What we've done so far
We’re looking at the potential to develop a wind farm on land around 15km southwest of Wick and 4km north of Lybster. The site includes Golticlay forests, which is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland. In October 2014, we held two public information sessions to share our initial plans. Since then, we’ve submitted our formal scoping report to the Scottish Government (Energy Consents and Deployment Unit, ECDU). The report outlines our basic proposal for the wind farm, based on the studies we’re carrying out at the site.
Based on the feedback we’ve got from the community and the results from our studies and assessments we’ve developed an initial layout of the site. At the moment, we believe the site can accommodate up to 19 turbines, which together, could generate up to 68.4 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity dependent upon the capacity of the turbine model we select.
We have been conducting seasonal bird surveys which started in April 2014 and have assessed the ecology of the area in line with Scottish Natural Heritage guidelines. We have also been collecting weather data on site, using anemometer (Met) masts. We installed two temporary met masts on the eastern and northern parts of the site with the weather data from the masts helping to shape the turbine layout on the site.
Golticlay Newsletter January 2016 (PDF, 2 MB)
Golticlay Public Exhibition Boards January 2016 (PDF, 3 MB)
Golticlay Public Exhibition Maps January 2016 (PDF, 4 MB)
Golticlay Public Exhibition Photomontages January 2016 (PDF, 7 MB)