SSE today welcomes the decision by Scottish Ministers to grant consent, with associated planning conditions, for Bhlaraidh wind farm, situated north-west of Invermoriston in the Great Glen.

SSE today welcomes the decision by Scottish Ministers to grant consent, with associated planning conditions, for Bhlaraidh wind farm, situated north-west of Invermoriston in the Great Glen.

The wind farm, which will have a maximum capacity of 108MW, is located on Glenmoriston Estate and will comprise 32 turbines.

Colin Nicol, Director of Onshore Renewables, said: "SSE welcomes the decision from Scottish Ministers on Bhlaraidh wind farm, and work to address the conditions associated with the consent will now commence ahead of the construction phase.

"During this period, SSE will be engaging with local people. We hope to continue the strong community relationships formed historically in Glenmoriston as a result of our hydro power generation, and through the wind farm proposal in more recent years.

"SSE is recognised as a responsible developer and will be working with both Highland Council and the Development Initiative of the Great Glen (DIGG) group to make sure this project is delivered as smoothly as possible while maximising the social and economic benefits to the local area.

"We are keen to ensure that local businesses are afforded as many opportunities as possible during construction, which is exactly what our new Open4Business portal is designed to do. In addition, SSE will be providing up to £13million of community investment funds over the next 25 years.

"We estimate as much as £74million could be secured by Highland and other Scottish companies, and that significant local employment opportunities will be created. This contribution to the local economy cannot be under-valued and we are particularly pleased to be investing in an area like Glenmoriston where our relationship as a company with the local community is long established".

Stuart Findlay, Chair of Fort Augustus and Glen Moriston Community Council said,
"This is great news for the community as we believe this project will bring significant benefits to the area. There will be job opportunities including those for young people. We are also very pleased with the way that SSE has kept us informed and engaged on the project and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them."