Earraghail Renewable Energy Development is located on the Kintyre Peninsula, south of the village of Tarbert and north of the village of Skipness. The site itself is on the National Forest Estate of both Skipness and Corranbuie, south west Scotland, within Argyll and Bute.
ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) is proposing to submit a S36 Application to the Scottish Government for a 105MW wind-hybrid renewable energy development in Argyll and Bute, south west Scotland.
As part of the development process, SPR has submitted a request for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping advice to the Scottish Governments Energy Consents Unit. Copies of the submitted documentation can be found below in the 'Scoping Documents' section and on the ECU website using reference number: ECU00002062.
This project is a result of SPR’s partnership with Forestry and Land Scotland, where SPR has rights to investigate the feasibility of onshore renewables projects within the National Forest Estate in south west Scotland.
A wind monitoring meteorological mast planning application was submitted in March 2020 and is currently under determination by Argyll and Bute Council (Planning Application Reference: 20/00586/PP).
Early consultation is key to the way SPR develops projects, and throughout the development process SPR ensure local communities and stakeholders are given the opportunity to provide feedback and are kept informed of project progress.
Due to the Government guidance issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face consultation is currently unlikely to be possible. The Scottish Government is currently preparing a replacement for a physical, face-to-face public event with an alternative, online version.
SPR is committed to undertaking meaningful consultation and is therefore currently identifying suitable alternative methods of engagement ahead of any potential online event. At this stage, these are expected to include formats such as utilising mail drops, use of this website and the project mailbox to distribute information and respond to the public and phone calls and virtual meetings with Community Council members. Consideration is also being given to ensure that these engagement methods reflect varying levels of access to technology.
As a responsible developer of renewable energy, SPR is keen for the communities surrounding our operational windfarms to benefit. Our nearby Windfarms, including Beinn an Tuirc 1 and 2, have delivered more than £1.5 million to date for the benefit of communities across Argyll and Bute.
Should Earraghail Renewable Energy Development become operational, SPR will share benefits of the development with the local communities which could include an opportunity for local community organisations to invest in the proposed Development once operational.
With established sites nearby, SPR has a history of working positively with communities within the region. SPR is keen to create employment opportunities during the construction and operation of our windfarms that can be delivered locally to benefit those who live near our sites.
The Project Team can be contacted directly by emailing: EarraghailRenewableEnergyDevelopment@scottishpower.com