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Permission sought for 11 turbine Craig Watch Wind Farm

20 Jun, 2022

Statkraft has submitted plans for a new windfarm near Dufftown, Moray, to the Scottish Government.

The submitted plans propose 11 turbines sited 8km to the south-east of Dufftown in the north-east of Scotland. With a turbine hight of 200m, the wind farm is expected to have a capacity of approximately 72.6MW - enough energy to power around 86,000 homes.

Local communities in Moray and Aberdeenshire are expected to benefit from the development of the wind farm, which will see an annual community benefit fund deliver £5,000 per installed MW of capacity every year. This is expected to generate in the region of £363,000 per year for local causes.

John Wallace, Project Manager for Statkraft said:

We are pleased to be able to submit the application for the Craig Watch Wind Farm. We have worked hard over the last two years to engage with the local communities, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to contribute and provide feedback.

The full planning application documents can be viewed on the project website or on the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit website under reference ECU00002177.

Statkraft is a member of the Moray Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group and have announced their intention to work with the trade bodies and other business groups to maximise the opportunities for local suppliers and opportunities in the local area. Interested local suppliers are encouraged to register their capabilities on the Local Suppliers Register here.

About Craig Watch Wind Farm

  • Energy Consents Unit Reference: ECU00002177.
  • 200 m to blade tip height
  • Approximately 72.6MW installed capacity
  • Community benefit fund of £5,000 per MW of Installed Capacity per annum - based on 72.6MW, £363,000
  • Generate electricity equivalent to the demand of over 86,000 homes (Based on 72.6MW of Installed Capacity, wind resource assessment and Scottish average household consumption of 3,393kWh per annum (BEIS Dec. 2020)).