Community Benefits

As a result of funding provided and initiatives supported by the developer the scheme offers substantial community benefits as listed below:
  • The community contribution scheme would comprise an annual payment to the community benefit fund of £5,000 per MW, amounting to £363,000 per annum, more than £9 million for the 25 year operational life of the Proposed Development
  • Creation of employment in Altnaharra - part of the income generated by the wind farm will be used to support five local jobs.
  • It is proposed that businesses and residents within the local area will have their electricity (or equivalent) paid by the wind farm.
  • Benefits to local projects funded through the local community benefit fund administered by the Altnaharra Charitable Trust.
  • Improvements to attractiveness of Altnaharra as a destination to live or set up business as a result of subsidised energy costs provided by the local community benefit fund
  • Reduction in unemployment in the local area due to the provision of employment support grants funded by the Altnaharra Estate using income received from the wind farm
  • Beneficial short and long term economic impact on the Highland economy during the construction, operation and maintenance phase of development
  • All of the five Community Councils (Scourie, Kinlochbervie, Durness, Tongue and Bettyhill, Strathnaver and Altnaharra) have agreed to participate in the North and West Sutherland Charitable Trust to distribute part of the community benefit fund.

Environmental Benefits

Prior to construction, detailed Construction Management Plans and a Habitat Management Plan for adjoining areas of the estate will be produced as part of the development process. This will include extensive drainage improvements over an area of 440Ha to restore the habitat to high quality peatland.