Tangy III

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

On Wednesday 24 June 2015, SSE welcomed the consent granted from Argyll and Bute Council to ‘repower’ Tangy wind farm, near Campbeltown.

SSE describes Argyll and Bute Council’s decision to consent the repowering as a ‘major step forward’ for the project, and good news for investment potential in Argyll.

Quick overview

The consent will see Tangy’s 22 existing turbines replaced with 15 modern machines; almost doubling the installed generating capacity of the wind farm. The upgrade allows SSE to reuse the existing site while delivering significantly more renewable energy but with seven fewer turbines than at present, made possible through advances in wind turbine design, technology and efficiency.

Project status

SSE is investigating the viability of the project within the current renewables market.

Those seeking further information about the project should contact Pauline Allison by phone on 0141 224 7192 or by email at pauline.allison@sse.com.


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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Project information

The project includes the removal of the existing 22 turbines (some of which have been generating since 2003) and replacing them with 15 new larger modern turbines over an extended area. Replacing the existing turbines will 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 almost double.

To ensure maximum turbine efficiency, the project 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.

We recognise the importance of the opportunities that our projects can bring to local communities and businesses. Construction will take around two years bringing 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.

As a responsible developer SSE is fully committed to supporting local and Scottish businesses and our intention is to source all of the project’s wind turbine tower sections from local manufacturer – and SSE joint venture partner – Wind Towers Scotland Limited.  SSE is one of the UK’s leading generators of energy from renewables and there is no doubt the project will help generate important economic benefit for local communities as well as secure investment in the region.

We have also submitted separate planning consent applications to open and operate four ‘borrow pits’ within the Tangy site which would be utilised during the construction phase.

More information

For more detailed information please visit the ‘Important Documents’ section where you will find a copy of the project Non Technical Summary (NTS) and other project documents.

Copies of the Environmental Statement (ES) and other supporting documents will also be available to view during the Councils statutory public consultation period at:

Argyll and Bute Council
1A Manse Brae
PA31 8RD

Argyll and Bute Council
Burnet Building
St John Street
PA28 6BJ

The ES and other supporting documents can also be viewed on the Council’s planning web portal which is at: www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/find-and-comment-planning-applications

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Public Exhibitions held for Tangy III wind farm proposal
03 Sep 2013
SSE Renewables, the renewable energy development division of SSE, has held public exhibitions to inform local communities of its plans to explore a potential repower and extension of the existing wind farm at Tangy, situated on the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula, Argyll & Bute.
The original wind farm at Tangy has been in operation for almost ten years. It comprises of 15 turbines with a 7-turbine extension which became operational in 2007. The existing site is expected to remain in operation until 2022. The proposals would significantly increase the efficiency and longevity of the site.

A range of constructive views were given when over 30 members of the public attended two exhibitions on Tuesday 27 August at Machrihanish Village Hall and then at Campbeltown Town Hall.

Local community members were presented with an early outline of the proposals and the work which is underway to understand any potential impact on the local environment.

Feedback given via comments forms, letters and emails before the deadline of Tuesday 24 September 2013 will help to shape more detailed plans for the site which SSE Renewables will present through further exhibitions planned for spring time next year.

Kerry-Anne McKay, Project Manager for the Tangy III proposal, explained: “The proposals are at a very early stage in the development process and we are working closely with statutory and non-statutory consultees. We are pleased that members of the public have taken the time to come and speak with us and find out more about our proposals.

“The purpose of our exhibitions is to provide the opportunity for people to meet the project team, ask questions, raise any concerns and provide comments that can be considered as part of the development process. “

SSE is committed to bringing tangible economic benefits to the Argyll and Bute region. This is demonstrated through its continued investment in Wind Towers* in Machrihanish and the SSE Open4Business portal** which allows local businesses to engage with the company and its key stakeholders on contract opportunities.