Dunmaglass wind farm

  • Category: Renewables
  • Energy type: Onshore wind
  • Project type: Project

SSE acquired Dunmaglass wind farm from RES in May 2013 and the enabling works began on site August 2013. These are expected to be complete by summer 2014 and the main construction works will follow on. 

  • 25km south of Inverness on Dunmaglass Estate
  • 33 x 3MW turbines
  • up to 120m to blade tip

 

Quick overview

We are currently undertaking enabling works on the site, along with RJ McLeod who are our contractor. These works include:

  • the upgrade of 11km of existing track from 3m wide to 6m wide (including slope retention works);
  • associated drainage works;
  • development of the borrow pit;
  • construction of two timber deck bridges spanning 16m and 18m respectively;
  • construction of 132/33kV sub-station platform;
  • construction of the main site compound for the entire works; and
  • dismantling of the Markham turbine.

Latest news

Project Liaison Manager, Marianne Townsley, gives an update on how the other works on site are progressing along with information on alternative routes for anyone who would like to use the nearby hills to walk or cycle.

Please click here to view the video.

As the construction works progress, we will be producing project updates which can be downloaded below.

If you would like to receive these updates automatically, you can subscribe to the distribution list which also ensures you receive the latest information. Please send an e-mail to marianne.townsley@sse.com to request your details are added to our distribution list.

Alternatively, you can follow the Dunmaglass twitter feed which will feature project news and information.

 

Community

We recognise that our investments in new electricity generation benefit from the co-operation of the local community in a variety of ways, particularly during the construction phase. In recognition of this, our policy is to establish long-term funds to support community projects in areas where we are developing generation projects. 

Please visit our Community page for more information. 

More information

Project information

SSE acquired Dunmaglass wind farm from RES in May 2013 and the enabling works began on site August 2013. These are expected to be complete by summer 2014 and the main construction works will follow on.

The wind farm is located approximately 25km south of Inverness on Dunmaglass Estate and will include 33 x 3MW turbines up to 120m to blade tip.

We are currently undertaking enabling works on the site, along with RJ McLeod who are our contractor. These works include:

  • The upgrade of 11km of existing track from 3m wide to 6m wide (including slope retention works);
  • Associated drainage works;
  • Development of the borrow pit;
  • Construction of two timber deck bridges spanning 16m and 18m respectively;
  • Construction of 132/33kV sub-station platform;
  • Construction of the main site compound for the entire works; and
  • Dismantling of the Markham turbine.

We held an information day for the local community in June 2013 ahead of these works beginning and the leaflet from this event can be found below.

We currently anticipate that the enabling works will be complete during the summer of 2014, after which the main construction works will begin, which will include:

  • Construction of 33 turbine bases with associated track and drainage construction;
  • Cable installation works;
  • Delivery, erection and commissioning of turbines; and
  • Construction of 132/33kV sub-station, control building and welfare building.

Dunmaglass Wind Farm Community Liaison Group (CLG)

The Dunmaglass Wind Farm Community Liaison Group provides an avenue for the creation and maintenance of channels of communication between representatives of SSE, the local community and their elected representatives, and the Highland Council. Members of the public are welcome to attend any CLG meeting.

The objectives of the CLG are as follows:

  • To provide a forum for discussion and the exchange of information. 
  • To create and maintain channels of communication between representatives of the wind farm owner and the local community. 
  • To receive progress updates on the construction of Dunmaglass wind farm.
  • To consider any issues arising from the construction of Dunmaglass wind farm (including the upgrade works to the B851).

The next meeting of the CLG is due to be held on Thursday 24 April 2014 at 7pm in Farr Hall and the agenda for this meeting will be available below shortly.

Agenda for CLG meeting - April 2014

Final CLG minutes - 09 Dec 2013

Agenda for CLG meeting - January 2014

Final CLG minutes - 24 Oct 2013

Agenda for CLG meeting - December 2013

Community liaison group minutes - August 2013

Accepted minutes - July 2013

Agenda for CLG meeting - October 2013

Agenda for CLG meeting - August 2013

 

Public right of way

During the construction of Dunmaglass wind farm, we are keen to ensure that access to the public right of is maintained, and we have put an alternative route in place, which is signposted. This provides a safe route away from the main track and the construction traffic. The leaflet below provides further information about the alternative route, and if you have any queries, please contact SSE's liaison manager, Marianne Townsley.

For more information please watch our video.