Scottish and Southern Energy has been granted planning permission to develop a 40MW wind farm at Achany in Sutherland, Scotland.

The wind farm will have 23 turbines and construction work is expected to begin in 2008, with the wind farm scheduled to be commissioned in 2010. Its development will require the investment of around GBP55 million.

When Achany is commissioned, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) will have 275MW of installed wind farm capacity. This includes the Drumderg and Toddleburn wind farms, which are expected to be commissioned in 2008 and 2009, respectively. It will be SSE’s seventh wind farm.

In addition to Achany, SSE is currently seeking to secure consent for seven other wind farms, with a total capacity of over 650MW, which are at various stages in the formal planning process.

Ian Marchant, CEO of SSE, said: I am pleased that the Achany wind farm has finally received consent, and we will work to ensure that the construction work at the site is carried out efficiently and professionally. We will seek to work in partnership with the local community throughout the construction period.