The Lochluichart Wind Farm received Section 36 planning consent from Scottish Ministers in December 2008. This was for a 51MW, 17 turbine project with the potential to generate sufficient electricity to meet the average annual consumption of around 27,000 homes. Eneco purchased the rights to develop the wind farm in early 2010, after which the construction of the wind farm began.
In December 2012, Eneco acquired the rights to extend the wind farm by a further 18MW. The six turbine extension has been developed alongside the existing scheme. The entire 69MW project became fully operational in June 2014.
Throughout the construction phases of the project, Eneco worked closely with the community to ensure that it benefited meaningfully from the wind farm. This created:
- Opportunities for local contractors and suppliers resulting in an estimated £3.5m investment in the local area
- A community benefit fund that is being distributed by The Lochluichart Community Trust (LCT), an independent charitable trust established by Eneco for the community
- The provision of a local energy tariff through the LEO scheme
For further information on the benefits the wind farm provides for the community, please see 'Community'.