SCOTTISH energy minister Paul Wheelhouse has given the go-ahead for a new 10-turbine wind farm in the Highlands which is forecast to power almost 20,000 homes and generate a community benefit of up to £4 million. The Millennium South site, five miles west of Fort Augustus, is part of the currently-operational Millennium Wind Farm. Italian company Falck Renewables Wind is behind the project, and has said the benefit will be divided equally between local communities. The project is estimated to support the creation of up to 50 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs during construction, but only one or two when it becomes operational. Its generating capacity will be around 35MW. Millennium South was granted planning approval following a public inquiry, which found that consent should be given.
The National 4th Feb 2017 read more »