An Irish energy company is seeking planning permission to construct a wind
farm north-west of Garve, south-east of the Loch Glascarnoch dam.
The Kirkan Wind Farm is planned to include 17 turbines reaching a height of
175m and with a total generating capacity of 50MW.
The project is located on Strathvaich Estate to the east of Corriemoillie
and Lochluichart windfarms and, according to initial background papers,
will include 10,835m of access track, two meteorological masts, two borrow
pits, transformers, underground cables, on-site sub-station control
building and four temporary construction compounds.
One of these may potentially to be retained permanently to host an energy
storage facility, according to an environmental impact assessment (EIA)
lodged with papers before Highland Council planners.
Kirkan Wind Farm Limited is a project company owned by Coriolis Energy
Limited and ESB Asset Development Limited.
ESB claims to be Ireland’s premier energy company and is a leading
independent power generator in the UK market.
According to the EIA, the wider landscape at the site is characterised by
rolling moorland, with numerous blocks of forestry plantations also present.
Surrounding land use consists of open moorland deer stalking and rough
grazing. There is also an area of mixed plantation within the eastern side
of the proposed development area.
There are no in-use built structures within the proposed development area.