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Kilbraur Wind Farm

A twenty-seven turbine wind farm within the valley of the Scottarie Burn, 7 miles (11 km) west northwest of Brora in E Sutherland, Kilbraur Wind Farm was built in two phases 2006-08 and 2009-11. The first phase comprised 19 German-built Nordex turbines which, together with their support towers, were delivered by sea to Invergordon and then moved to site by road. Each is 70m (230 feet) in height, with blades which are 90m (295 feet) in diameter, giving a total height to blade tip of 115m (377 feet). The first phase also necessitated the construction of 4½ miles (7.5 km) of access road, some sections of which were built on bed-rock while others float on top of deep peat formations. A second phase, costing £29 million, brought a further eight turbines mounted on 80m (262 feet) towers, but with the same blade dimensions, giving a total height to blade tip of 125m (410 feet). All of the installed turbines produce 2.5 MW of electricity, giving the site a total peak generation capacity of 67.5 MW.

The project was developed by RDC Scotland and West Coast Energy Ltd., with work undertaken by contractors Tulloch Civil Engineering Ltd. and R.J. McLeod Ltd. The wind farm is owned and operated by Kilbraur Wind Energy Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Falck Renewables Plc. Kilbraur Wind Energy Co-operative was established in 2008 to allow local people to invest in the project and a community trust fund also distributes grants to support local projects.

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