Application to extend the operational life of Farr Wind farm

Why is this application being considered?

Ventient Energy is currently exploring the possibility of submitting a planning application to extend the operational life of Farr Wind Farm by ten years.

The application would be purely to retain the existing wind farm and would not include any proposal for new site infrastructure. The number of turbines, their height and layout would remain the same as at present. The application would be exclusively to extend the period of time over which the wind farm is permitted to operate.

The current planning consent will expire in December 2030. As a result of assessment work which has been undertaken in relation to Ventient Energy’s fleet of operational wind turbines and their ability to operate for longer than was originally envisaged, there is an opportunity for Farr Wind Farm to continue to generate clean electricity beyond the current consent expiry date.

What are the next steps?

Ventient Energy is committed to engaging with the local community and stakeholders in relation to the potential life extension application.

Ventient Energy will be in contact with local community representatives imminently to discuss engagement with the public taking account of the current Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

This webpage will be kept up to date with any new information about an application.

When might a life extension application be submitted?

It is hoped that an application will be submitted in early Summer 2020.

How can I find out more information?

Please download presentation HERE.

Any questions can be e-mailed to the following address and feedback will be provided: WindFarms@ventientenergy.com

About Farr

Farr Wind Farm is around 8 miles south of the city of Inverness and has enough capacity to power 20% of the homes in the Highlands.

The wind farm is positioned on elevated ground on an extensive grouse moor with spectacular views of the north Highlands.

Construction began at the site in 2005 and took a year to complete. Farr’s 40 turbines are rated at 2.3MW and the site has an installed capacity of 92MW, generating enough energy to power 58,518 homes*.

Benefiting local communities

Farr is within the Strathnairn Community Council area and comprises a small resident population of less than 2000 people who are mainly centred on the village itself. The Strathnairn Community Benefit Fund is supported by Foundation Scotland who help with the fund’s administration.

To date, the Strathnairn Community Benefit Fund has supported a large number of local projects, including the provision of Public Access Automated Defibrillators positioned at the local village halls, church hall and a local inn. It also part funded the purchase of a new 9 seat community minibus with wheelchair access as well as helping with music classes for The Strathnairn Music Initiative.

Gavin Lippitt

Asset Manager

Vital Statistics

  • Installed capacity: 92MW
  • Number of turbines: 40
  • Turbine type: Siemens SWT 2.3 (B82/2300)
  • Hub height: 60m
  • Blade length: 41m
  • Expected P50 energy yield: 240.8GWh
  • Annual house-hold power equivalent: 58,518 homes*

*Based on an average energy yield and assumed annual household usage of 4,115 kWh per year^ = 58,518 homes.

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