Project Description

Due to the Ongoing COVID 19 crisis, Muirhall Energy has been unable to conduct our usual methods of face-to-face community consultation across a number of live applications, including the application to vary and optimise the consented Glen Ullinish layout.

Please contact Ross Jamison at (rj@muirhallenergy.co.uk) if you would like to discuss Glen Ullinish in more detail, or to arrange a call.

PROJECT STATISTICS

wind turbine

14

TURBINES
wind turbine

119 m

MAXIMUM HEIGHT
wind turbine

30,300

Homes Powered Equivalent

Status

The variation application was validated by The Highland Council on 13 March 2020. A suite of environmental and supporting information can be accessed through The Highland Council’s planning portal by searching under application reference 20/01129/S42. The application is expected to be determined later this year.

Key Application Changes

  • Consented: 14 turbines with a maximum tip height of 119m.
  • S.42 Variation Application: 11 turbines with a maximum tip height of 149.9m.

THE DEVELOPMENT

The Glen Ullinish site is located off the A863, near Struan, on north-west Skye. The existing planning consent allows for a development of 14 turbines with tip heights of up to 119m.

A Section 42 application to vary the planning consent was submitted to The Highland Council in March of this year – this application seeks to optimise the design, reducing the number of turbines from 14 to 11 and increasing the maximum tip heights from 119m to 149.9m.

These changes will enable a more productive site and make a greater contribution towards addressing the Climate Emergency in addition to Scotland’s ambitious renewable energy targets.

COMMUNITY BENEFITS

Muirhall is delighted to continue to work closely with a number of community groups around Glen Ullinish and welcomes the considerable community support for the project. Once constructed, Glen Ullinish Wind Farm will release significant contributions into local communities. However, we have not waited for construction before getting involved on the ground.

Since April this year, Muirhall has donated £4,000 to the Skye Community Response Initiative through Portree and the Braes Community Trust. Primarily, this funding is being used to support local health and social care staff through the COVID 19 pandemic. Muirhall also joined forces with Skye Events to walk, run and cycle as many miles as possible over the month of June to raise additional funds for the initiative. Aside from COVID support, Muirhall also provided funding to Radio Skye for business development and sponsored the local ‘Skye and Lochalsh Restricted Badminton Tournament’ which took place in March. Looking slightly further back, Muirhall supported the ‘Light up Portree’ campaign in December 2019, funding the purchase of festive lights which can be used year on year.