It has been almost two years since Limekiln Wind Farm was consented and detailed construction planning commenced. In that period several things have happened including…
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Scotland leads the way in harnessing renewable energy sources. The Scottish Government has now committed to end Scotland’s contribution to climate change within a generation under the Climate Change Bill passed in 2019. The landmark legislation has committed Scotland to becoming a net-zero society by 2045 – five years before the rest of the UK and in line with the advice from the government’s independent expert advisors, the UK Committee on Climate Change. The Scottish Government will also respond to the global climate emergency by adopting an ambitious new target to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030 – the toughest statutory target of any country in the world for this date going above and beyond what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said is required worldwide to limit warming to 1.5 degrees.
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.
Infinergy Ltd received confirmation of the consent granted by Scottish Ministers to construct and operate an onshore wind farm known as Limekiln Wind Farm. 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
May 2021 Virtual Consultation – CORRECTION: The online consultation page for the Section 36 Application will go live on Tuesday 11th May , not Monday 11th May as stated in the mailed out newsletter. Apologies for any confusion caused. The corrected newsletter can be found here.
UPDATE: 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.
UPDATE: 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
UPDATE: 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 docuements on CD by emailing [email protected]
We worked closely with a group of local people over the course of the applicaton process for Limekiln Wind Farm. Now that consent has been awarded, and throughout the application process for Limekiln Wind Farm Extension, 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.
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Green energy firms Infinergy and Boralex have taken the decision to seek to optimise their 21-turbine wind farm at Limekiln, south of Reay in Caithness…
Green energy developer Infinergy has submitted plans for an extension to their consented 21-turbine wind farm at Limekiln, south of Reay in Caithness. The extension…