The Bhlaraidh wind farm, which will be developed by SSE Generation Limited, could power the equivalent of approximately 50,900 homes when completed. What's more, the project will provide approximately £13 million over 25 years for community benefit projects, including a sustainable energy fund and skills and training initiatives.
“The Bhlaraidh wind farm will create jobs both in its construction and during its lifetime, and -- once up and running -- will save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year," said Fergus Ewing, Energy Minister. “Wind farms like this provide considerable benefits to their local community, and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of the equivalent of 100 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables."
According to Ewing, a significant number of jobs will be created during the construction phase, which will cost an estimated £166.3 million. The ongoing operations and maintenance of the project is expected to support the equivalent of 60 jobs in Scotland, more than half of which will be based in the Highlands.