If consented, Glen Ullinish II will see communities across Skye benefit from a very substantial community investment fund whilst also contributing to Scotland’s net zero targets and supporting a sustainable energy economy.
We believe that the dynamic and critically important renewables sector offers
unprecedented opportunities for communities to shape the way our energy will be delivered in the future.
We aim to add resilience to the local economy by involving local businesses and stakeholders, creating a fair and equitable economic and environmental model. This approach would directly benefit people living locally and, by including the community in the drive for greener growth and investment, we can work towards creating a sustainable renewable energy model.
The proposed project would be sited north of Struan, within the Bracadale Estate and two sections of commercial forestry, Glenvicaskill and Balmeanach. The site generates good wind speed, sits outwith any national or local landscape designations and already benefits from an existing consent.
If successful, Glen Ullinish II would replace our plans for the existing project, Glen Ullinish Wind Farm. The wider project covers a broader area of land and, although our plans are still at an early stage, a total development size of approximately 60 turbines is being considered.
Both the existing consented project and Glen Ullinish II Wind Farm are reliant on the Skye Reinforcement Project, the transmission line upgrade works to be undertaken by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks. As such, any electricity connection to transmission infrastructure is not possible until the middle of the decade. For more information on the Skye Reinforcement Project, please visit the following website
What's in it for you?
Muirhall Energy is recognised as an exemplar in the industry for its commitment to local communities and, as with our other larger projects, we will offer an industry-leading £7,000 per MW installed in community investment with Glen Ullinish II. That commitment will remain for the lifetime of the project and has the potential to create an annual community investment fund estimated to be around £2 million. Over the lifetime of the project this would equate to over £100 million of funding available for communities across the island to invest in the things that matter to local people, whether that be creating new jobs and training opportunities, improving local amenities and sports facilities or delivering environmental improvements. It will be for the people living on Skye to decide where their priorities lie.
We will also encourage the community to consider becoming part-owners of the project. We will offer up to 10% ownership which could see the communities of Skye become significant community investors in renewable energy and thereby generate further revenues to be invested locally. Those revenues will be in addition to, not instead of, the community investment outlined above.
Involving the Community
Communication, openness and transparency is one of our key priorities and has driven the launch of Glen Ullinish II at the very beginning of our development plans. Muirhall will be conducting formal public consultation over the course of 2022 when more detailed information will become available. For now, members of the Muirhall Team are making regular visits to Skye and engaging as widely possible. If you would like to ask us a question, or set up a meeting in person, please contact Ross Jamison on the following email address: GlenUllinishPM@muirhallenergy.co.uk.
Efficiency & Fairness
Onshore wind is the most cost-effective form of power generation in Scotland and this project will contribute towards limiting the effect of climate change by increasing the production of sustainable, green energy. Muirhall Energy is also committed to supporting a reduction in fuel poverty and is actively investigating ways in which that might be delivered.
Muirhall Energy will soon begin pre-application consultation with The Highland Council, prior to a scoping request to the Energy Consents Unit of the Scottish Government, next year.
The scoping process will define the environmental studies and key information we will be required to provide as part of our application for consent.
An integral part of the planning process will include public exhibitions at which we will present our plans and invite feedback. After a set consultation period, we will submit an application to the Scottish Government which will include a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment Report.
Throughout this process, Muirhall Energy will maintain our strong local presence ensuring regular dialogue and engagement with residents, crofting committees, community councils and other community groups.
Local Businesses & Suppliers
A key priority for the Company is to maximise the financial benefits of the wind farm for the people and businesses in the area. Muirhall Energy is committed to placing work with local contractors who tender within 10% of the best quote we get for any work on the project.
We will also be working hard to get our specialist site contractors to build a presence in the area and to use local subcontractors wherever possible.
We look forward to building many new partnerships across Skye as this exciting project progresses.
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