SPR has recently submitted Additional Information to its application for consent to the Scottish Government's Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA). Please see the 'Current Stage' section below for more information.
Here is a video of SPR Onshore Managing Director, Barry Carruthers, talking about why the Earraghail development is a project close to his heart:
Earraghail Renewable Energy Development (the proposed Development) is located between the village of Tarbert, to the north east, and the village of Skipness, to the south, situated within the northern part of the Kintyre Peninsula in Argyll & Bute. The site is located within the forest areas of Skipness and Corranbuie and has been developed in conjunction with Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) who own and manage the area.
ScottishPower Renewable's (SPR) application for a development consisting of up to 13 wind turbines with a maximum tip height of 180 m and a rated output of around 78 MW, ground-mounted solar arrays with an output of around 5 MW, supporting on-site infrastructure and a battery energy storage system (BESS) with a capacity of around 25 MW has been referred to the Scottish Government's Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA).
Details of the application can be found on the DPEA website.
ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Limited has now submitted Additional Information to the DPEA which includes clarification on the coordinates for turbine 5, a reduced lighting scheme and information arising from the applicant’s discussions with Woodland Trust Scotland. The Additional information submitted can be found in the ‘Additional Information’ section below
Any representations to the application should be made directly to the DPEA.
Representations can be sent by email to DPEA@gov.scot, or by post to Planning and Environmental Appeals Division, Ground Floor, Hadrian House, Callendar Business Park, Callendar Road, Falkirk, FK1 1XR, identifying the proposal and specifying the grounds for representation.
Written or emailed representations should be dated, clearly stating the name (in block capitals), full return email and postal address of those making representations. Only representations sent by email to DPEA@gov.scot will receive acknowledgement.
All representations should be received not later than 18th December 2023, although Ministers may consider representations received after this date.
This project is a result of SPR’s partnership with FLS, where SPR has rights to investigate the feasibility of onshore renewables projects within the National Forest Estate.
SPR initially investigated development scenarios of up to 38 turbines with a tip height of up to 198 m, before detailed EIA studies. These were subsequently modified to a 13-turbine layout of up to 200 m to tip during the scoping phase. The final layout features 13 turbines of up to 180 m to tip, ground-mounted solar arrays, a battery energy storage system (BESS) and associated infrastructure, substation and access tracks.
The final layout and maximum tip height were informed by detailed multidisciplinary assessments and considered environmental constraints, balanced by technical requirements. Taking these constraints into account and considering the construction requirements of such a project, SPR has developed a design that it believes is best suited to the Site and its surroundings.
Early consultation is crucial to the way SPR develops projects and throughout the development process SPR ensures 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 was unfortunately not possible during the consultation period in 2020-2021. The Scottish Government regulations in force replaced the requirement for physical, face-to-face public events, with an alternative online version and as a result SPR held two online Public Information Events, that took place in June 2020 and another from November 2020 to January 2021. As COVID-19 restrictions have eased, SPR have also attended meetings in the local area, and continued to utilise methods of engagement such as mail and leaflet drops, this website and the project email mailbox.
SPR has been working alongside communities across the UK for nearly two decades and has, to date, contributed more than £50 million in benefit funds to support initiatives and projects for those communities local to its renewable energy development sites.
Since becoming operational in 2001 and 2014 respectively, SPR’s Beinn an Tuirc and Beinn an Tuirc 2 Windfarms on the Kintyre Peninsula, have together contributed more than £2 million to the local communities. The flexible approach adopted by SPR has empowered local communities to decide what their community benefit is spent on. This has resulted in a diverse range of projects being delivered in the form of village hall restorations, environmental improvements, youth activities, educational programmes and much more.
With the development of these sites nearby, SPR is continuing its history of working positively with local communities on the Kintyre Peninsula. SPR is also keen to create employment opportunities during the construction and operation of our renewable energy developments that can benefit those who live near our sites. The socio-economic assessment of the proposed Development predicted that a £13.78 m net local benefit would be created by SPR’s investment in the project.
The proposed Earraghail Renewable Energy Development would also incorporate environmental enhancements including a plan to deliver large scale peatland restoration and native woodland creation to provide wider benefits for nature and biodiversity.
Peatland restoration, habitat improvements and native woodland planting would all be implemented in order to improve the ecology and environment as part of the proposed Development. SPR has also proposed a new walking bothy and stone seating on the Kintyre Way, a circular walking route from the Corranbuie Trail and a viewpoint near Tarbert.
The Project Team can be contacted directly by emailing: EarraghailRenewableEnergyDevelopment@scottishpower.com
Please click on the links below to view the Earraghail Renewable Energy Development EIA Report documents.
Volume 1| Non-Technical Summary
Volume 2 | Environmental Impact Assessment Report
Volume 3a | Report Graphics
Volume 3b | Viewpoint Visualisations
Volume 3c | Additional Visualisations
Volume 4 | Technical Appendices
Additional Information Documents February 2023
Additional Information Documents November 2023