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    Planning permission has been granted for Kirkan wind farm

    The Kirkan wind farm and battery storage project, with a capacity of 82MW, in the Scottish Highlands, jointly developed by Coriolis Energy and ESB, has successfully obtained planning permission.


    Situated in the Garve area within the Ross and Cromarty region, south of the A835 road, the proposed project consists of 17 wind turbines, reaching a maximum blade tip height of 175 meters.


    Each turbine is projected to generate approximately 4.8MW of electricity, resulting in a combined output of just under 82MW.


    RSK Environment was responsible for conducting the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and overseeing the consent application and approval process.


    Joe Somerville, RSK director and the EIA project manager for the scheme, said “This proposed development is one of the first wind farms in the UK co-located with a battery energy storage system to gain consent.”


    “This means that not only does the proposal potentially add significantly to the energy decarbonisation of Scotland and the UK, but it can also contribute to reducing energy curtailment, where energy being produced would otherwise be lost due to the grid being ‘full’, and providing grid stability.”


    Trevor Hunter, Coriolis Energy development project manager for the scheme, said “It was incredibly useful to be able to draw on RSK’s wide range of disciplines as part of a complex renewable energy project.”


    “Their dedication and expertise have played a pivotal role in securing a successful result for the Kirkan project, for which we are tremendously grateful.”


    “Of course, we need many more such projects to contribute to our legally binding targets as well, increasing energy security and lowering energy bills, so it is ever more important that projects like Kirkan are given proportionate, fair and efficient consideration and processing by all relevant stakeholders and decision-makers.”


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