Tangy III

  • 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 have recently, on 28th April 2017, submitted a new Scoping Report to the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit (ECU) proposing a small number of changes to the consented ‘repower’.  

Quick overview

The Modified Tangy III scoping report, with proposed changes, includes installing over 50MW based on the same 16 turbine layout previously submitted but with an increased tip height, from the consented 125m, up to, but not exceeding, 150m and an increased rotor diameter from 105m to circa 130m.  All other elements of the site design (i.e. turbine locations, access track layout, etc.) remain unchanged.

To view the Modified Tangy III Scoping Report and supporting Figures please click on the links at the bottom of the page.

Project status

Following receipt of the stakeholder responses to the Scoping Report, SSE plan to take the project forward and submit an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to the Scottish Government.  Public exhibition events will also be held to inform local residents and interested parties about the proposals.  More information about these events will be noted here in due course.

If you would like further information about the project or the above events please contact Pauline Allison by phone on 0141 224 7192 or by email at pauline.allison@sse.com.

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

The consented repowering 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.

Modified proposals include installing over 50MW based on the same 16 turbine layout previously submitted but with an increased tip height, from the consented 125m, up to, but not exceeding, 150m and an increased rotor diameter from 105m to circa 130m.  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 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.

 

More information

For more detailed information on both the consented repowering and the modified proposals, please visit the ‘Important Documents’ section.

 

Press release archive

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.