Hollandmey Renewable Energy Development

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Location

Hollandmey Renewable Energy Development is located approximately 8 km south west of John o’ Groats and 16 km east of Thurso, situated within the north east of Caithness in the Scottish Highlands.

Current Stage

ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) have submitted a Section 36 Application to the Scottish Government for a development consisting of 10 wind turbines up to 149.9 m in height to blade tip with an installed generating capacity of around 50 megawatts (MW), and around 15 MW of ground mounted solar arrays producing a combined output of around 65 MW. The proposed Development also includes a battery energy storage system (BESS) of approximately 15MW.

The proposed design has been reached following a comprehensive suite of environmental surveys and feedback from consultees and local communities. Turbine positions and associated infrastructure have evolved through an iterative design process to achieve a final layout sympathetic to environmental constraints and the surrounding landscape.

Following consultation, SPR submitted Additional Information to the ECU in July 2022 in relation to:

  • a Castle of Mey mitigation planting proposal which sets out proposed mitigation that aims to minimise potential effects on affected key views from the Castle of Mey and its Garden and Designed Landscape;
  • an amended visualisation from the Castle of Mey (CHVP09); and
  • a response prepared by The Natural Research Group (NRP) in response to some queries relating to ornithological matters raised by consultees

Copies of the submitted documentation can be found below in the "Project Documents" section.

Project History

As part of the development process a wind monitoring masts was installed on the Site in November 2017.

In July 2020, Scoping Topic Information Sheets and a Project Information Sheet were issued to relevant consultees to seek their views on the scope and content of the EIA for the proposed Development.

Community Consultation

Early consultation is key 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 is unfortunately not possible at present and may not be permitted for the foreseeable future. The Scottish Government has issued regulations during this period which replaces the requirement for a physical, face-to-face public events, with an alternative online version.

SPR is committed to undertaking meaningful consultation during the COVID-19 pandemic, this has involved utilising alternative methods of engagement such as mail and leaflet drops, use of this website and the project mailbox, and the hosting of two online Public Information Events in October 2020 and January 2021.

Benefits

SPR has been working alongside communities across the UK for nearly two decades and has, to date, contributed more than £43 million in benefit funds to support initiatives and projects for those communities local to its windfarm sites. SPR operates two existing windfarms  in the Highland region: Beinn Tharsuinn Windfarm in East Sutherland and Halsary Windfarm south of Spittal in CaithnessCommunity benefit funds from these developments are projected to exceed £3.4 million over their lifespans.

With the development of these sites nearby, SPR is continuing its history of working positively with local communities in the Highlands. We are keen to create employment opportunities during the construction and operation of our windfarms that can benefit those who live near our sites.

The flexible approach adopted by SPR has empowered local communities to decide what their community benefit is spent on. This has resulted in a fantastic diversity of projects being delivered, from broadband provision, environmental improvements, youth activities, educational programmes, heritage projects, a community minibus, installation of defibrillators and provision of first aid kits and much more.

High level benefits are noted in the graphic.

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(1)    BEIS example, using 26% capacity factor, figures are derived as follows: 50MW x 8,760 hours/year x 0.26 (capacity factor) = 113.880 MWh

(2)    BEIS; Sub-National Electricity and Gas Consumption Sumary Report, 2019 (based on average household consupmtion of 3,578KWh)

Site Enhancements

The proposed Development would incorporate environmental enhancements including a Habitat Management Area to provide wider benefits for nature and biodiversity.  Proposed enhancement measures comprise felling of commercial forestry and restoration of 168 ha of peatland habitat, providing habitat for many wader species surrounding the Phillips Mains Mire SSSI, and helping to preserve its favourable conservation status.

Contact

The Project Team can be contacted directly by emailing: hollandmeyred@scottishpower.com.

Project Documents

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Please click on the links below to view the Hollandmey RED EIA Report documents.

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment

Technical Appendices

Tables of Contents

Figures

NatureScot Visualisations

THC Visualisations

 

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