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NEWS UPDATE: Work starts on Tom nan Clach. For more information see here.
In the battle against climate change the Scottish Government has set a target of 100% renewable energy by 2020. As part of this plan Infinergy investigated the hill of Tom nan Clach on Cawdor Estate, Nairnshire, as a possible wind energy site. The site is approximately 8km east of Tomatin and to the east of the A9 Inverness to Perth road (grid reference NH870340).
In June 2009 we submitted the first Planning Application, along with an Environmental Statement, to The Highland Council. After gaining planning consent from Scottish Ministers in July 2013, it became clear that the first opportunity to connect to the grid would not be until 2018. Following improvements in available technology and design principles and making best use of the grid connection delay, Infinergy submitted an application for a better project to The Highland Council.
The redesign plans, known as Tom nan Clach Wind Farm Repowering, would see 4 fewer turbines on the site (reduced from 17 to 13) which would have a 15m higher blade tip (from 110 to 125m). The expected power output would increase by approximately 26%. The Highland Council's Planning Officer has recommended the plans for approval, however the planning committee refused permission on Tuesday 19 January 2016. An appeal has now been lodged with the DPEA under case reference PPA-270-2150.