Slickly Wind Farm

The proposed Slickly Wind Farm is located 1.5km east of Slickly and approximately 8km south west of John O’Groats on land adjacent to the operational Stroupster Wind Farm.

An application has been submitted to The Highland Council for 11 turbines with a maximum tip height of 149.9 metres.

Planning Application Reference: 19/05624/FUL

All planning documents are available to download from The Highland Council website. If you are looking for a specific report or piece of information, please contact us, we would be happy to help.

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We think this is a great site for wind turbines - there is proven wind resource across the site, and is in an area identified by the Highland Council as having some potential for large scale wind farms. We have designed the project carefully, avoiding cumulative effects by ensuring turbine height and proportions work with the existing turbines at Stroupster.

As a responsible developer and operator of renewable energy projects, our approach to development involves consulting widely with local communities. This feedback is a key consideration when finalising the design and layout of the wind farm.

Slickly project updates and public consultations

Thank you to everyone who attended one of our events or returned a reply card to give their views as we developed the project.

NOVEMBER 2019

Public events were held on 19 November 2019 to display updated plans and discuss the final design before submitting an application to the Highland Council. 

  • Lyth Village Hall, Lyth,  KW1 4UD
  • Auckengill Village Hall, St Clare Hall, Auckengill, KW1 4XP

You can download the leaflet including information shown here.

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SEPTEMBER 2019

After nearly a year since our first exhibitions, work progressed on the design of the wind farm based on feedback received and ongoing studies on and surrounding the site. Community feedback was important in this process. 

Exhibitions were held between 3-5 September and displayed a change in design to increase in the overall height of the turbines of 15 metres, with increased output potential.

  • Canisbay Village Hall, Canisbay, Caithness, KW1 4YH
  • Lyth Village Hall, Lyth, Caithness, KW1 4UD
  • Keiss Village Hall, High Street, Keiss, Caithness, KW1 4XB
  • Auckengill Village Hall, St Clare Hall, Auckengill, Caithness, KW1 4XP

This project has been in the design stage since 2013 and wind turbine technology has progressed significantly in the six years since the proposal was first drawn up. The increase, from 135m to 149m allows more electricity to be generated from the same number of turbines. This also results in an increase in the community benefit, money that will be spent in local communities near the site.

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NOVEMBER 2018

Four public consultation events were held between 19-21 November to allow local residents to meet the team and to view and comment on the proposals.

  • Lyth Village Hall, Lyth, Caithness, KW1 4UD
  • Canisbay Village Hall, Canisbay, Caithness, KW1 4YH
  • Auckengill Village Hall, St Clare Hall, Auckengill, Caithness, KW1 4XP
  • Keiss Village Hall, High Street, Keiss, Caithness, KW1 4XB

Statkraft has built its reputation on putting communities first. We want our developments to have a positive and lasting impact on those who live and work in the surrounding areas.

Slickly Wind Farm Community Liaison Group

We have had regular meetings with representatives from the surrounding Community Councils and established a Community Liaison Group (CLG). Members include Dunnet & Canisbay, Bower, Sinclairs Bay and Castletown Community Councils.

The CLG provides a forum where local community representatives can feedback valued opinions on all aspects of the project and receive updates on the proposed development.

We would like to thank all the members of the CLG who have given their time throughout the planning process to discuss the evolving plans and give their input on our public engagement activity.

Statkraft is committed to continue the engagement and dialogue with all involved and will update the surrounding communities as the development continues to progress.

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Broadband

From the beginning of our community engagement, local residents raised access to fast and reliable broadband as a real issue. In 2019 we commissioned a feasibility study to explore the potential for using the infrastructure at Slickly to deliver increased access to broadband. Our work on this is still at an early stage but the feasibility study shows there is potential to deliver this utilising the connection we need in place to manage communications during wind farm operations. 

Liaising with a local broadband working group is a critical next step and is in progress. The intention is not to deliver free broadband, but to facilitate improved access.  We look forward to exploring the potential and progressing this important initiative.

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For further information please contact Doug Wilson; doug.wilson@statkraft.com

Download public exhibition material

Title Size Type
Nov 2018 Project Newsletter 5.3MB .PDF
Nov 2018 Exhibition Poster 0.3MB .PDF
Nov 2019 Project Brochure 0.6MB .PDF
Nov 2019 Exhibition Poster 1.7MB .PDF