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Beinn Ghlas

United Kingdom

Beinn Ghlas Wind Farm is situated amongst the hills of the Barguillean Estate near Taynuilt in Argyll.


Sandy Mcleod

Asset Manager

Installed Capacity

8.4MW

No. of turbines

14

Turbine type

Bonus B44/600

Hub height

35m

Blade length

19.1m

Expected P50 energy yield

18.3GWh

Annual house-hold power equivalent

4,447 homes*

The site’s 14 turbines sit within a 300 hectare area of rough grazing land and began commercial operations in May 1999.

The 14 Siemens Bonus turbines are rated at 600kW giving the wind farm an installed capacity of 8.4MW – which is enough capacity to power 4,447 homes*.


Beinn Ghlas Wind Farm Life Extension

Ventient Energy intends to extend the operational life of the wind farm.

We will submit a request in April 2021 to vary the existing planning consent. The existing planning consent is valid until 2023 and we are looking for a 10 year extension.

We do not intend to change any of the physical elements of the wind farm. All wind turbines and other infrastructure will continue to operate in the same manner since the wind farm was constructed in 1999.

The wind farm employs four technicians full time. In addition, contractors involved in operation and maintenance activities use local accommodation and retail facilities when visiting the wind farm.

The Beinn Ghlas Community Benefit Fund has helped support many local initiatives to date including the replacement of a footbridge on a core path that links two principal visitor attractions, fitness equipment for a senior citizens exercise class, funding replacement equipment for a public access defibrillator and provision of new village noticeboards.

The current Community Benefit Fund value would be increased to £25,200 per annum during the period of extended operation beyond August 2023. The most recent donation to the community fund was £15,063 in 2020.

The wind farm also currently contributes approximately £90,000 annually to local government through business rates.

Any questions relating to the life extension application should be directed to WindFarms@ventientenergy.com

*Based on an average energy yield and assumed annual household usage of 4,115 kWh per year^ = 4,447 homes.

^Typical Domestic Consumption Values from Ofgem. Electricity: Profile Class 2 Medium 4.2MWh

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