On Friday 27th April 2018, Scottish Ministers refused consent for our planned wind farm at Caplich.
A copy of the Decision Notice is available here.
Our response to the decision is available here.
To read news articles related to Caplich please click here.
A copy of the Environmental Statement Non-Technical Summary is available here.
20 Turbines at 3.4MW capactiy each
Total Generating Capacity = 68MW
Height to blade tip = 132m
Rotor diameter = 104m
Hub Height = 80m
Muirhall Energy submitted an application for consent to build a wind farm at Caplich, 5km North of Oykel Bridge. It was hoped that the wind farm will be developed in partnership with local community groups who could hold a share ownership of up to 10% of the wind farm company. The proposed development site was approximately 10km from Rosehall, 20km from Lairg and 25km from Ullapool. The site was been chosen due to its setting within a natural basin which partially screens views from neighbouring settlements and much of the surrounding area. There are no homes within 2km and visibility modelling demonstrates that the wind farm would not be visible to any neighbouring towns or villages.
An Environmental Impact Assessment was been undertaken and follows the advice provided through the scoping process. The wind farm layout was 20 turbines, each with a generating capacity of 3.4MW and a blade tip height of 132m.
It was anticipated that approximately £81 million will be spent within the Scottish economy to realise this project at the currently proposed scale, £5 million of which will be spent directly within the local area through local contractors and suppliers.
There was a substantial community benefit package of £5,000 per megawatt installed equating to an annual payment of £340,000. In addition to this, a Recreational Enhancement Fund of £34,000 per year will be available for the improvement of tourism and visitor amenities and the employment of local labour in the Assynt-Coigach National Scenic Area.
Muirhall Energy has been working with Local Energy Scotland to offer the nearby communities a shared ownership in Caplich Wind Farm. Further details of the shared ownership offer are provided on Local Energy Scotland’s Partnership Portal and within our shared ownership brochure.
Public Exhibitions were held in June 2014 and the feedback which we’ve been given by the community as a whole has informed the design of the wind farm in the following ways: