Welcome to the Ben Sca wind farm project website.
Wind2 has submitted a planning application to the Highland Council for a wind farm on land located approximately 2km to the south of Edinbane and 7km to the east of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye.
Proposals for Ben Sca wind farm comprise up to nine wind turbines, each with a blade tip height of up to 135 metres.
Based on an installed capacity of approximately 38 megawatts, Ben Sca wind farm would have the potential to generate around 140,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity, sufficient to meet the needs of around 34,500 homes while offsetting approximately 42,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
If approved, Wind2 is also committed to providing a community benefit fund equivalent to £5,000 per megawatt of installed capacity per year. Based on 40 megawatts, this equates to £200,000 per year or £5 million over 25 years.
In addition, we are exploring opportunities for the local community to invest in the project whereby the community would receive up to 5% of the project net profit after tax in return for their investment.
Wind2 has submitted a planning application for the Ben Sca Wind Farm. This follows a programme of pre-application consultation regarding draft proposals for Ben Sca wind farm. The aim of the consultation has been to give the local communities an opportunity to give us their feedback and to help shape these proposals before we submit a final planning application to The Highland Council.
As part of this programme, we consulted with Dunvegan, Edinbane and Struan community councils and held two public exhibitions in early May.
At these events, members of the project team were available to answer questions about the project and to discuss specific issues or concerns. Members of the public also had the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposals via a written questionnaire.
If approved, Ben Sca wind farm will generate an annual community benefit fund equivalent to £5,000 for every megawatt of installed capacity on the site. Assuming an installed capacity of approximately 38 megawatts, this would mean a community benefit fund with an equivalent annual value of £200,000 or £5 million over the anticipated 25 year lifespan of the wind farm.
Wind2 is also exploring potential models for part community ownership of the proposed Ben Sca wind farm. Again, if you are a member of the local community who has particular views or experience of community ownership, please give us your feedback by visiting the “Feedback” section of this website.
You can also find out more about community ownership by visiting: www.localenergy.scot
In May 2019 Wind2 held a public exhibition of the proposed development. To view the boards click here.
Ben Sca wind farm site location
The site of the proposed Ben Sca wind farm is located approximately 2km south of Edinbane and 7km to the east of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. This map shows the site (outlined in red) in the context of the surrounding area (click to enlarge).
Ben Sca wind farm – indicative lay-out
The plan below shows the indicative layout of turbines proposed for the Ben Sca wind farm site. However, it’s important to bear in mind that the exact location of individual turbines will not be finalised until necessary environmental studies are completed (click to enlarge).
Full details of the planning application, including the Environmental Impact Assessment are available on The Highland Council website planning portal. https://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/
We wanted to make our planned programme of pre-application public consultation as open and accessible as possible.
If you were unable to attend either of the public consultation events in May 2019, you can access an online version of the form on this section of the website. In the meantime, if you have any comments or queries related to the project, please fill out your details here.
Privacy Statement / Data Protection
- We hold all personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 and your personal data will not be transferred outside of the European Economic Area.
- We will only share your personal data with members of the Wind2 Ben Sca wind farm project team for planning evaluation purposes only.
- Your identifiable personal data will not be used for any other purposes without your consent.
We will use your data to:
- Send you updates about the project (where you provide us with contact details and indicate that you would like to receive such updates).
- Prepare a Pre-Application Consultation Report to be submitted to the planning authority along with the final planning application. This will be a publicly available document. Your comments will be anonymised and we will only identify you in the report or any related documentation with your express permission.
If you provide us with your contact details, we may also contact you to ask you more about the comments you’ve made.
Project Feedback Survey
Please use the link below to complete our project survey. The link will open a survey form in a new tab.
Reduced bills and community ownership on offer as Skye wind farm plans submitted.
Proposals for a wind farm in the north of the Isle of Skye which could see reduced electricity bills for those nearer the site and the local community owning a stake in the project have today been submitted to The Highland Council.
The application for Ben Sca Wind Farm, located approximately 2km to the south of Edinbane and 7km to the east of Dunvegan, has been submitted following a period of extensive study and community consultation.
The application has been submitted by Ben Sca Wind Farm Ltd, owned by UK renewable energy developer Wind2, which has staff based in The Highlands, Perth, Edinburgh and North Wales. Wind2 has significant experience developing onshore wind farms throughout the UK, with personnel having worked on the development of the nearby operational Ben Aketil wind farm.
The company has offered those closest to the wind farm (within 4km), the opportunity to reduce their energy bills either through a contribution to their electricity bill or by offering home energy efficiency grants as part of a £5,000 per MW community benefit package that could bring the equivalent of up to £5.67 million to the area over 30 years. In addition, Wind2 has been exploring potential opportunities for the communities around the site to acquire a direct stake of up to 5% in the project in line with the Scottish Government’s Good Practice Principles for Shared Ownership of Onshore Renewable Energy Developments.
With an installed capacity of around 38MW, the proposed Ben Sca Wind Farm would be delivered without any public subsidy, with the potential to generate around 130,500 Megawatt hours of electricity per annum, sufficient to meet the needs of around 34,500 average UK homes. The wind farm would comprise of nine wind turbines, each with a maximum blade tip height of 135 metres to tip.
As part of the planning process, Wind2 conducted a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which examined the landscape & visual, cultural heritage, ecological and transportation aspects of the project for the local area. The company also consulted extensively with local people including two public exhibitions in Edinbane and Dunvegan, held meetings with community councils and developoment trusts as well as hand delivering information on the project and the electricity discount scheme to near neighbours to the site in Edinbane during November 2019.
Commenting on the submission of the planning application for the Ben Sca Wind Farm, Wind2 Developoment Director Fraser Mackenzie, said:
“Over the last two years, personnel from Wind2 have met with various members of local communities and conducted detailed environmental and technical studies prior to the submission of the planning application for Ben Sca Wind Farm. We believe that our project can deliver significant social, economic and environmental benefits to the Isle of Skye and the wider Highland economy”.
“We know that we will be able to build and operate this wind farm without any sibsidy whilst also reducing the electricity bills of those in the immediate area and delivering other projects of benefit to the community through our proposed community benefit fund. There was clear feedback from those who attended the exhibitions and from those we spoke to on the doorstep in and around Edinbane that energy costs were a real concern. Our energy discount proposal is a practical and tangible response to this message”.
“We also hope to continue the dialogue that we have started with the helpi of Local Energy Scotland and the local developoment Trusts, towards a community ownership share in the project”.
“I want to thank everyone who came to one of our exhibitions, community council and development trust meetings or that we’ve met around the local area. Our plans are now in for determination by The Highland Council and we hope they will feel able to grant us permission to deliver the benefits the Ben Sca Wind Farm can bring to the Isle of Skye”.
The Ben Sca Planning Application and Environmental Impact Assessment is available to view on The Highland Council Planning Portal with a hard copy available in Portree at the Highland Council Offices, Tigh na Sgire, Park Lane, Portree, IV51 9ER
The applicant is Ben Sca Wind Farm Ltd, part of the Wind2 family of companies. The founders of Wind2 together with the Wind2 team have a substantial track record in the successful development of onshore wind throughout the UK being responsible for the delivery of approximately 1GW of renewable energy through their involvement with RDC Partners and West Coast Energy, sold to ENGIE in 2014. Wind2 is working on the development of a number of subsidy free renewable energy projects and is committed to investing in the Highlands, with the company opening an office near Inverness early in 2020.
Wind2 has staff based in Edinburgh, the Highlands, Perth and North Wales.
Wind2 personnel were previously involved in the original development of Ben Aketil Wind Farm.
For further information, visit www.wind2.co.uk.
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