Balnespick Wind Farm

Julie Aitken

Community encouraged to take part in consultation for wind farm   

  • Fred. Olsen Renewables launches proposals to develop nine turbine wind farm 5km from Tomatin  
  • Community encouraged to take part in forthcoming consultation process and have their say
  • First events to take place in Autumn 2023   

Leading independent renewable energy producer, Fred. Olsen Renewables has launched proposals to develop a wind farm 5km east of Tomatin. Balnespick Wind Farm will consist of up to nine turbines around 200m high. The plans would generate over 50MW of clean electricity and create a community benefit fund of almost £10m.

The proposals, which are at a very early stage, will be the subject of extensive consultation with the local community. Events are expected to take place locally in Autumn, where residents will be able to meet with the project team from Fred. Olsen Renewables and view visual representations to see how the project could look from various viewpoints around the area. The team will also be on hand to answer questions and gather feedback on the plans.

Julie Aitken, Senior Project Manager at Fred. Olsen Renewables, commented:

“We are excited to launch our proposals to develop Balnespick Wind Farm. This project has the potential to make a significant contribution to Scotland’s net zero targets – delivering over 50MW of clean electricity – and providing a substantial community benefit fund locally.

“We look forward to speaking with residents and community groups about our plans, sharing ideas and gathering feedback. We would encourage everyone to take part or get in touch to have their questions answered.”

Further information about the plans is available online at www.balnespickwindfarm.co.uk. The public events will be advertised locally.