Reproduced from Ordnance Survey digital map data © Crown copyright. All rights reserved, 2011. Licence number 100048606

Reproduced from Ordnance Survey digital map data © Crown copyright. All rights reserved, 2011. Licence number 100048606

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Beinneun Wind Farm

Invergarry, Scotland, Ridge Wind

Beinneun Wind Farm was consented in November 2012 by the Energy Consents Unit, exactly a year after the application was submitted. OPEN was commissioned by RidgeWind to prepare the Landscape and Visual Assessment for the proposed Beinneun Wind Farm, which is near Invergarry in the Highland Council Region.

The LVIA was considered critical in the awarding of the consent.The proposal comprises 25 turbines each with a maximum blade tip height of 132m and a maximum generating capacity of 85 megawatts. The turbines are set across the Beinneun Hills which lie to the south of Glen Moriston and north of Glen Garry with Loch Ness and the Great Glen to the east and the higher hill groups of the Rugged Massif to the west.

The location and design of the turbines responded to the more sensitive parts of the surrounding landscape, with subsequent iterations reducing the visual effects through the Great Glen and Glen Shiel. Where visibility was unavoidable, key viewpoints were used to ensure that the wind farm appeared well designed and fitted well within the landscape setting. The design of the Beinneun Wind Farm also needed to respond to the existing cumulative situation, which was influenced most notably by the Millennium Wind Farm, located to the immediate east of Beinneun Wind Farm on the same group of hills. From many of the viewpoints, the two developments appeared as one and this required careful integration to ensure Beinneun appeared compatible with the design of Millennium. This clustering of developments, within a landscape which was not subject to any national or regional designations, and which managed to contain the significant effects within a relatively close range extent, contributed hugely to its feasibility.

On behalf of Blue Energy OPEN subsequently undertook the LVIA for a seven turbine extension with turbines of up to 136m to tip. This application was consented in 2015.