Highlands wind farm wins approval

Plans for a 33-turbine wind farm in the Highlands have been approved by the Scottish government.

Energy minister Fergus Ewing said that he had granted permission for developer SEE Renewables’ plans for a 75.9MW farm to the south of Strathy in Sutherland.

According to the Scottish government, the farm will produce enough energy to power 35,000 homes, approximately twice the number of households in Inverness.

Plans for the farm were first submitted in 2007.

Ewing said: "The Strathy site is expected to create jobs during construction and will represent a significant boost to the local economy. In consenting this application I have put in place a series of conditions to protect the outstanding natural habitats and landscapes and local communities."

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