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.


Application to extend the operational life of Novar Wind Farm

An application was submitted to The Highland Council in December 2019 to extend the operational life of the wind farm to August 2031.

What was the application?

The application was a formal request to obtain permission to extend the operational life of the wind farm. The application was purely to retain the existing wind farm and did 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.

what is the current status of the application?

The application was approved in April 2020. Ventient Energy Ltd remains committed to engaging with the local community and would encourage anyone with questions about the wind farm to contact us at: WindFarms@ventientenergy.com

During the application process, we hosted an informative event, The Novar Wind Farm Update, to inform 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 was a great opportunity to discuss the future of Novar, explain the life extension application and what it meant for the local community.

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

The presentation from this event can be downloaded here: Novar Wind Farm Presentation (1.89MiB)

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