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 are hosting 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.
THE EVENT: The Novar Wind Farm Update
What is it?
The Novar Wind Farm Update is an informative evening event to update local communities on our planning application to extend the operational life of the Novar Wind Farm.
The event is free and open to everyone who would like to come to learn about our plans, discuss concerns, ask questions and receive answers.
During the event, representatives of the Application Team will deliver a brief presentation on the benefits generated by Novar so far and its performance. They will share the rationale behind the application and give insights on further benefits for the local communities and our capability to keep operating the wind farm in the coming years. After the brief presentation, the Application Team will answer all the questions you may have.
Who can attend?
The event is open to local residents, community representatives and any other parties interested in hearing about the future of Novar. Anyone is welcome to listen and share!
Agenda of the event
When & Where?
Thursday 16th of January 2020 at 18.45pm.
Averon Leisure Centre
High Street ALNESS IV17 0QB
- If you wish to come along, please let us know. Your confirmation will help us to plan refreshments. Please email us at WindFarms@ventientenergy.com quoting “See you at Novar Event”.
- You are also welcome to drop in at any time between 18.45 and 21.00 however, note that the informative presentation will start at 19:00 and finish at 19:30
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.
- 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*