Tangy Repower

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

In June 2015, SSE welcomed the consent granted from Argyll & Bute Council to ‘repower’ Tangy Wind Farm.  The consent would see Tangy’s existing 22 turbines replaced with 15 modern machines; almost doubling the installed generating capacity of the wind farm.

In order to try and maximise the energy yield of the site, SSE has, in April 2018, submitted a Section 42 application to Argyll and Bute Council proposing a small number of changes to the consented ‘repower’.  


Quick overview

The Tangy III Section 42 application is largely unchanged since the consented Tangy III project.  The proposed changes are; a 5m increased tip height from 125m to 130m, relocation of the temporary construction compound and minor track alignments. All other elements of the site design (i.e. turbine locations, access track layout, etc.) remain unchanged.

To view the Tangy III Section 42 Report and key supporting Figures  please click on the links at the bottom of the page. The application reference is 18/01027/PP.  All application documents, including the consented 2015 EIA report, are available for viewing on the Argyll and Bute planning portal at: https://publicaccess.argyll-bute.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application



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. 

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Public exhibitions were held during August 2018 in the local communities around the Tangy site. The events held in Tayinloan, Machrihanish and Campbeltown showcased the Tangy IV proposals and provided the public with the opportunity to discuss them with the project team. The exhibition boards displayed at these events can be found here. 


Project information

The consented repowering (Tangy III) would involve the removal of the existing 22 turbines (some of which have been generating since 2003) and then replacing them with 15 new larger modern turbines over an extended area. Replacing the existing turbines would allow the site to continue to benefit from the excellent coastal wind resource combined with the significant advances in modern turbine technology and efficiency. The total installed capacity would also significantly increase the installed generating capacity of the wind farm and maximise the energy yield from the site. To ensure maximum turbine efficiency, the repower includes extending the existing site boundary into the commercially forested area to the north.

We have undertaken significant stakeholder consultation (including two rounds of local public exhibitions), extensive site surveys and careful design to minimise any project impact. The turbine layout has been designed to utilise as much of the existing infrastructure as possible.

The Tangy III section 42 proposals are largely unchanged since those submitted for the consented Tangy III project.  The main changes are a 5m increase in tip height from 125m to 130m, relocation of the temporary construction compound and some minor track alignments. All other elements of the consented site design (i.e. turbine locations, access track layout, etc.) remain unchanged. All other elements of the site design (i.e. turbine locations, access track layout, etc.) remain unchanged.

We recognise the importance of the opportunities that our projects can bring to local communities and businesses. Construction is anticipated to bring significant local opportunities such as:

  • Direct local employment both on site and within the local, regional and national supply chain;
  • Procurement of local plant and materials;
  • Requirement for local accommodation for project staff; and
  • Provision of a Community Investment fund in line with SSE's current policy.

Press Releases

Public exhibitions

20 July 2018

SSE Generation is holding public exhibition events in relation to the proposed Tangy IV Wind Farm proposals.

We would like to extend an open invitation to these exhibitions to provide local communities and interested parties the opportunity to come along and meet with the project team, learn more about the project and raise any questions or concerts.

Find out more...



Tangy team power through the Ultra

16 May 2018

On Saturday 5 May, 19 members of SSE’s Tangy wind farm team arrived in Kintyre to run, cycle and support the Kintyre Way Ultra.

The Tangy site has been generating renewable energy for around 15 years, but 2018 was the first year the Tangy team came together to take on the Kintyre Way Ultra. In total, they covered nearly 500 miles to help raise money for their chosen charities.

Completing the Ultra on foot or on two wheels is a huge achievement for anyone, but for Tangy’s Project Manager, Jon Soal, who took on the Ultra Cycle, it also provided a chance to see the area from a different side.

Jon said: “I’ve been through to Kintyre on numerous occasions over the years but I have never had a chance to experience it in this way. It was definitely hard going completing the Ultra Cycle but it was worth it, fingers crossed I will make it back again next year!”

Six members of the team were also on hand throughout the day to offer organisers and competitors support, from keeping moral up to driving support vehicles back and forth on the day.

One member of the team, local resident and SSE’s Wind Operations Supervisor, Craig Scally, was in charge of one of the SSE support vehicles.

Craig said: “The Kintyre Way Ultra is a fantastic event to be part of, whether you’re racing or helping to keep the race going.

“I’ve been working on Tangy for 13 years now and it’s great to have been able to give back to the community by supporting this spectacular event. Although I must admit, it was a bit easier driving it than running it!”

Tangy Kintyre Ultra 


Tangy project team take on Kintyre Way Ultra

25 April 2018

The Tangy wind farm project team, from renewable energy developer SSE, will be looking to make 13 their lucky number as a group of 13 employees tackle the Kintyre Way Ultra on 5 May.

With spectacular views along the coast from Tarbert to Campbeltown the team will be taking in the breath-taking sites as they take on the Ultra on foot and on two wheels.

An additional six members of the team will be on hand to help out on the day and cheer on the runners and cyclists as they take on the gruelling endurance task.

Michael Blair, a Senior Analyst in SSE’s generation business, is taking on the Ultra solo which will see him run 35.5miles. Michael will be running for MND Scotland, the only Scottish charity that supports people affected by Motor Neuron Disease, as well as funding vital research to find a cure, you can sponsor Mike.

Taking on not just a marathon, but an ultra-marathon, isn’t for everyone, but Michael is taking it in his stride. Michael said: “I figure events like this are more about determination than fitness – at least I hope so! I’m just going to take my time, try and enjoy myself and remember that I am doing this for a very worthy cause.”

Another member of the SSE team tackling the Kintyre Way Ultra, but on two wheels is, Jon Soal, the project manager of SSE’s Tangy wind farm. Jon, along with a number of members of the SSE team, is taking on the challenge to raise money for BEAT, the UK's eating disorder charity, with a vision to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders.

Two years ago a member of SSE’s renewables team lost his daughter after a lengthy battle with bulimia. Now the team is working hard to raise money and awareness of this often-misunderstood mental illness.

Jon said: “It’s amazing to be able to take part in something that is for a truly great cause. Our whole team want to support our colleague and help them raise awareness of eating disorders in the hopes that one day no one will suffer the pain that their family went through.”

“I’m a keen cyclist and I am always looking for a challenge to take on - this Ultra Cycle seemed perfect. Working on Tangy I’ve visited this area a number of times but I never experienced it in this way, I’m really looking forward to it.”

Good luck to everyone taking part on the day.