SSE Onshore Wind Projects in Sutherland

A report by leading renewable energy developer and operator SSE Renewables has found that four wind farms in Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland are expected to contribute £485 million to the UK economy, throughout their development, construction and operational life.

In 2020, BiGGAR Economics was commissioned by SSE Renewables to undertake a socio-economic impact assessment of four wind farms in Sutherland. These projects were:

  • Strathy North Wind Farm, near the village of Strathy, which has a capacity of 67.65MW became operational in 2015;
  • Achany Wind Farm, near Lairg, which has a capacity of 38MW and became operational in 2010;
  • Gordonbush Wind Farm, west of Brora, which has a capacity of 71.75MW and became operational in 2012; and
  • Gordonbush Extension, which has a capacity of 47MW and is expected to become operational in 2021.

This study found that the projects will generate £327 million GVA for the Scottish economy, of which £131 million GVA will be retained in Highland.

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Posted 23.04.21