Welcome to Limekiln Wind Farm

In line with advice from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), in preparing the Climate Change Act 2019, the Scottish Government has set a target date of 2045 for reaching net-zero emissions and raised the ambition of the 2030 and 2040 targets to 70% and 90% emissions reductions respectively.  The Climate Change Act 2019 means that Scotland has the most stringent statutory targets in the world.

The CCC’s advice is that Scotland can now achieve such a target, provided that action is taken to further develop renewable energy assets.  However, these targets cannot be met without further renewable energy development, including onshore wind. Ways to ensure the landscape can accommodate this include carefully chosen sites and sensitively designed developments.

Scotland’s onshore wind capacity will more than double by 2030 under plans to help cut harmful emissions and support the energy sector’s net-zero transformation.

The Scottish Government has recently published its finalised Onshore Wind Policy Statement and confirms its ambitions for 20 Gigawatts (GW) of onshore wind power to be installed by 2030.

Boralex received confirmation of the consent granted by Scottish Ministers to construct and operate an onshore wind farm known as Limekiln Wind Farm in 2022. Decision documents can be found here. The site is located around 1.5km south of Reay, and 2.8km south/southwest of the existing Dounreay Power Station. It is an excellent site in a very windy location where wind power development makes perfect sense.

Limekiln Wind Farm updates:

September 2023: Limekiln Wind Farm secures Contract for Difference (CfD) in the UK Governement’s Auction Round 5 (AR5).

May 2022: Scottish Ministers approve the application to vary the S36 Consent. Further details are here.

February 2022:  Further to The Highland Council’s decision not to object to the S36C application on the basis that two further turbines are removed, Further Environmental Information was required to be submitted.  This information is now available on the downloads page of this website.

July 2021:  The Section 36 Application has now been submitted and all of the application documents are available on the downloads page of this website.

June 2021:  The online consultation period has now ended, however you can view all of the materials on the downloads page and of course send us any feedback via our dedicated email address [email protected]

March 2021 –  Scoping for a variation to the current Section 36 consent has been submitted to the Scottish Government which will seek to bring a number of improvements to the project, including a revised track design, allowing improved access during the construction works to the core path network and an increase in tip heights to align with the proposed Limekiln Wind Farm Extension.  You can find all of the Scoping Request documents here and the press release regarding the application here.

December 2020 – Now that the early forestry work at Limekiln has been completed, we are getting ready to start preparation work for the construction of Limekiln Wind Farm.  This will begin early in the new year with this initial phase expected to be complete by early summer 2021.  You can find the latest newsletter here.

Limekiln Wind Farm Extension updates:

June 2021 – You can watch the PLI live from Tuesday 15th June at 10am here.

March 2021 – The Reporters have requested Additional Information for the purposes of the inquiry for Limekiln Wind Farm Extension, which arise as a result of an update to the cumulative baseline for Limekiln Wind Farm Extension. You can find the AI documents here.

February 2021 – The date for the Public Inquiry has now been set for June 2021. You can find the documents here.

Further information about the application can be found on our News page.  While no physical copies of the application can be viewed at this time due to current restrictions in place, you can request a copy of the application documents on CD by emailing [email protected]

Community consultation

We worked closely with a group of local people over the course of the application process for Limekiln Wind Farm.  Now that consents have been awarded, and the construction process begins, we will seek to reconvene a local group again.  If you live locally and would also like to share your views with us, please email us at [email protected]. We would be delighted to hear from you and value your opinion.

Please contact us if you have any queries or would like some more information on the project

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