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Calliachar Wind Farm

A modest wind farm in Highland Perth & Kinross, Calliachar is situated on open heather moorland high on the northwestern slopes of Meall Odhar, to the south of the Moness Forest, 3¾ miles (6 km) south of Aberfeldy. The farm comprises fourteen German-built Siemens turbines, each producing 2.3 MW of electricity, giving a total generation capacity of 32.2 MW for the site. The turbine blades are 101m (331 feet) in diameter and the turbines generate electricity between wind speeds of approximately 4m/sec to 25m/sec. The project was developed by Perth-based I. & H. Brown, who gained planning consent in July 2010 for a rather smaller wind farm than they had originally proposed, but was sold for 5.1 million to the utility group Scottish and Southern Energy Plc (SSE) before construction began in 2012. The farm was commissioned in September 2013 and includes 4¾ miles (7.7 km) of tracks to provide access from the A826 road in Glen Cochill to the east, of which ¾ mile (1.2 km) represents upgraded pre-existing forest track.

The development was controversial, opposed by both Perth & Kinross Council and the Amulree & Strathbraan Windfarm Action Group. SSE operate a joint community fund benefiting from both Calliachar and the nearby Griffin Wind Farm, which is expected to donate 9.8 million to local projects over their operational life.


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