Project information

More information on the proposed Golticlay wind farm

Site Statistics
Location 15km southwest of Wick and 4km north of Lybster
Project scope  19 turbines 
Turbine height  80m to hub, 130m to tip 
Total power 64.6MW

Latest News

February 2019 

Our planning application was not supported by the North Highland Planning Committee. We firmly believed in the project and its location and as such we took the decision to apply for a Public Inquiry. 

This Inquiry was held at Mackay's Hotel in Wick for a week in early October 2018. This has been concluded and we have submitted our final submissions. We know await the result of the final planning decision.

Consultation & Engagement

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Further information will follow once the decision from the Scottish Ministers has been received.

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.

Related downloads

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)