German firm in bid to develop tallest turbine in north of Scotland

An Enel company logo is seen on a wind turbine unit manufactured by Gamesa Corp. Tecnologica SA and operated by Enel Green Power SpA, the clean-energy unit of Italy's biggest utility Enel SpA at their wind farm in Frosolone, Italy. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg
An Enel company logo is seen on a wind turbine unit manufactured by Gamesa Corp. Tecnologica SA and operated by Enel Green Power SpA, the clean-energy unit of Italy's biggest utility Enel SpA at their wind farm in Frosolone, Italy. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

A German-owned company is bidding to develop what would be the tallest onshore wind turbines in the far north of Scotland.

Energiekontor UK has earmarked moorland near Lairg for its latest venture, which would have the potential to produce 54.6mw of electricity.

The scheme is at an early stage, with the company going through a scoping process before firming up an environmental impact study, which it would table along with a planning application.

The firm is looking to erect 13 turbines, with an blade tip height of around 588ft, on rough grazing land two-an-a-half miles from Lairg.

The developers envisage accessing the site from the existing three-turbine Lairg Estate windfarm.

Andrew Mackay, chairman of Lairg Community Council, said : “If this went ahead, the turbines would dwarf the three already up on the estate.

“The developers had hoped to put up more than three on the existing windfarm but they were cut back because of the presence of rare birds such as hen harriers and red and black throated divers and presumably that will again be an issue.”

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