Hydropower, Wind Power

Wind Farm Extension Welcomed by Scotland’s Office Minister

The addition of 16 new turbines to be added to the current 34 at Novar Windfarm, the Scottish Highlands’ longest established wind farm, has been approved by Highland Council’s Ross and Cromarty Planning Committee.

“Since opening in 1997, the Novar Wind Farm has made a key contribution to the Government’s drive to boost renewables, offsetting the release of around 38,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year,” said Scotland Office Minister David Cairns. The 17 MW Novar Wind Farm, high in the hills of Easter Ross, generates enough electricity to power 9,500 homes with clean, renewable energy. npower renewables’ Novar Estate is also home to a small hydroelectric power plant, and a second complementary hydro scheme is currently being developed by npower renewables. “It is crucial that we draw on a broad range of sources to meet our energy needs, both now and for future generations,” said Cairns. “Harnessing the wind and hydro potential of the Highlands of Scotland provides clean, sustainable electricity, helping safeguard the environment by cutting emissions of the greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change and global warming.”