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Lethen

Fred. Olsen Renewables Ltd is exploring the potential to develop Lethen Wind Farm, on the Lethen Estate, approximately 10km north-west of Grantown-on-Spey.

Status Development
Number of turbines 19
Location 10 km northwest of Grantown-On-Spey in the Scottish Highlands
Installed capacity 114-120

Proposed development

Following our first exhibition in April 2021 we have revised our proposals, with the removal of one turbine and associated infrastructure.

The plans currently consist of:

  • Up to 19 wind turbines, with a tip height of up to 185m
  • Energy Storage Facility
  • Turbine foundations and hardstandings
  • External transformer housing
  • Onsite substation and control building
  • Underground electricity cables between the turbines
  • Access tracks
  • Crane pads
  • Anemometry mast

Our consultation for the proposals is ongoing and there are many opportunities for further and wider engagement with Community Councils, key stakeholders and local residents close to the development.

Community consultation

As part of our ongoing community engagement, we are inviting local residents and interested parties to take part in our consultation where they can learn more about our plans and have their questions answered.

You can access our latest public consultation here.

 

A live and interactive chat event will take place on:

  • Monday 30th August, 5pm - 7pm and will be accessible here.

Simply follow the link and submit your questions to our team.

 

Public exhibitions with pre-booked timeslots will then take place on:

  • Tuesday 31st August, 12noon - 7pm at Carrbridge Village Hall, Main Street, Carrbridge, PH23 3AA
  • Wednesday 1st September, 12noon - 7pm at Fornighty Hall, Lethen, Nairn, IV12 5JB

To book your slot, email communities@fredolsen.co.uk or text/call 07435763900

 

If you are unable to attend either of these events, we would very much welcome the opportunity to:

  • Set up a discussion. Text/call 07435 763 900. The team can be on hand to discuss the plans with you, and this includes after 5pm.
  • Answer your questions via communities@fredolsen.co.uk
  • Provide additional information on memory stick. Send your request to communities@fredolsen.co.uk or text/call 07435 763 900.

Community

If consented, Lethen Wind Farm could provide over £18m in community benefit throughout the lifespan of the project.

We want to ensure that this is utilised to support local aspirations. From speaking to the local community, and exploring their priorities, we understand that fuel poverty and energy efficiency is a priority locally. We want to make it easy for people to consider how they heat their homes, switch to a green tariff or explore insulation.

We are proposing that, as part of our community benefit package, we will create the Lethen Wind

Farm Energy Efficiency Programme. It will support local residents and help them to:

  • Reduce energy bills – saving money
  • Improve energy consumption
  • Increase energy awareness
  • Play an active part in Scotland’s drive towards net zero

We want to develop a programme that will:

  • Employ an energy efficiency officer locally to provide advice and information
  • Address fuel poverty and energy efficiency in local households
  • Identify and support those living in fuel poor households
  • Provide additional support over and above existing financing mechanisms
  • Help to bring forward energy efficiency measures for individual households
  • Support a community-wide energy conservation strategy

We are confident that this will be complementary to initiatives underway and will help people to take more steps to become energy efficient – and save money on their electricity bills.

We want to hear your views. Get in touch by emailing communities@fredolsen.co.uk.

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