Application to extend the operational life of Novar Wind Farm

An application has been submitted to extend the operational life of the wind farm to August 2031

What is the application?

The application is a formal request to obtain permission to extend the operational life of the wind farm. The application is purely to retain the existing wind farm and does not include any proposal for new site infrastructure.

Novar has successfully generated clean electricity since 1997. A comprehensive range of assessments has proved the technical capability of the wind farm to operate safely and efficiently throughout the proposed extended period.

Where are we with the application and what are the steps?

The application was submitted on the 13th December 2019 and is currently progressing through The Highland Council’s validation process. We are hoping to receive a decision in March 2020.

Based on our decision to submit the application for the life extension of Novar, we hosted an informative event, The Novar Wind Farm Update, to inform the local communities and other interested parties about the application and our future plans for the Novar Wind Farm.

We would like to thank everyone who attended the event on the 16th of January.

The event has been a great opportunity to discuss the future of Novar wind farm, explain the life extension application and what it means for the local community.

Thanks again to the venue and all attendees for the friendly environment and open conversation.

You can now download the presentation here: Novar Wind Farm Presentation (1.89MiB)

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at

Further updates on the Applications will be published here.

About Novar

Novar Wind Farm sits in a picturesque Highland location approximately 5.5 miles west of Alness.

From its elevated position on an extensive Easter Ross shooting estate it enjoys commanding views of the Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis.

As well as being steeped in the history of Scotland’s Highland clans, the area is well known for its contribution to Highland employment with a number of light and heavy industries based locally. The yards at Invergordon and Nigg play a significant role in offshore development in the oil and gas sectors and, more recently, have been heavily involved in fabrication for renewables including offshore wind farms.

The wind farm was originally built by nPower in 1997 before being transferred to Beaufort, then Infinis and now Ventient Energy. Its 34 turbines are rated at 500kW and the site has an installed capacity of 17MW, generating enough energy to power 10,304 homes*.

Benefiting local communities

When Novar wind farm was built, the communities of Kiltearn, Ardross and Alness were identified as having the most strategic interest in its community fund which is administered by Highland Council.

The focus of the fund is projects centred around education and environmental issues and it has also been used to help alleviate fuel poverty in the area. Projects have included the purchase of books and toys for the local nursery, the provision of excursions for the local primary school and the hiring of equipment for the local hall.

Jon Priddy

Asset Manager

Vital Statistics

  • Installed capacity: 17MW
  • Number of turbines: 34
  • Turbine type: Bonus (Seimens)
  • Hub height: 42m
  • Blade length: 19m
  • Expected P50 energy yield: 42.4GWh
  • Annual house-hold power equivalent: 10,304 homes*

*Based on an average energy yield and assumed annual household usage of 4,115 kWh per year^ = 10,304 homes.

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