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Orkney's Community Wind Farm Project - Quanterness

The proposed Quanterness project would consist of six wind turbines of up to a maximum of 149.9 m height from ground to blade tip when vertical - with the proposed capacity being 28.8MW.

There would be a number of additional elements to the site, including a temporary construction compound, permanent hardstandings adjacent to the wind turbines for maintenance, temporary laydown areas adjacent to the wind turbines, external transformers, internal access tracks, underground cables between turbines, an on-site substation and maintenance building and a permanent meteorological monitoring mast. Access to the site would be directly from the A965 on the site’s southern boundary, via a new junction designed to meet relevant safety standards.

The site has practical advantages and required less survey work than other sites because it is the least ecologically sensitive. Additionally because Quanterness is close to Kirkwall, it could also enable a separate project in which the council could directly supply electricity to its own buildings as a means to reduce costs.

Key facts about the site:

A planning application for the project was submitted to the local planning authority in January 2020 and subsequently called in by the Scottish Government on our request. We received planning permission for the Quanterness wind farm in December 2021.

The full application documents are available through the DPEA website.

For the ‘Orkney’s Community Wind Farm – Quanterness’ planning application search for CIN-ORK-001



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