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German firm WKN AG plan 22 turbines at Sutherland site

A German renewable energy developer plans to construct 22 wind turbines on the Sallachy and Duchally Estates near Lairg, in Sutherland.

WKN AG, which has wind farm sites across Europe and the US, said, if approved, the project would generate enough electricity for 34,000 homes.

The company also said the scheme would involve inward investment of about £200m.

Plans for Sallachy Wind Farm have been submitted to the Scottish government.

WKN AG said it had spent 18 months consulting with local communities on the 66 megawatt project.

It said a package of community benefits has still to be agreed.

Spokeswoman Inga Schuster said: “If approved, the wind farm will provide an inward investment of £200m to benefit the Highland and Scottish economy, specifically that of the Sutherland region.

“Before submission it was important to us to thoroughly and actively engage with the local community, local politicians and local stakeholders to seek opinions on our plans for the site and we have used this feedback to shape our proposal.

“As a result we have reduced the number of turbines from our original scoping proposal – from 30 to 22.”

Iain Thomson, of Sallachy Estate, added: “The submission of the Sallachy Wind Farm project is significant for both Sallachy and Duchally Estates, as well as the wider Sutherland region.

“It will bring financial stability and a steady source of income to the area, which will support the estates and the jobs they provide, as well as providing new opportunities for the wider community.”