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Chleansaid Wind Farm

Utilising the Natural Environment to Harness Clean, Zero Carbon Energy

Chleansaid Wind Farm

Utilising the Natural Environment to Harness Clean, Zero Carbon Energy



ESB is developing proposals for Chleansaid Wind Farm. If consented, the Chleansaid Wind Farm will utilise the natural environment to harness clean, zero carbon energy and also support the long-term management of the estate on which Chleansaid Wind Farm will be located. The proposed development site benefits from good wind speeds, existing site access, capacity for a grid connection, is in an area of low residential density and has no on-site environmental designations.  


Chleansaid Wind Farm Online Public Exhibition, 30 July - 27 August has now ended.

The exhibition boards and feedback form can be found at the links below. Thank you to everyone who joined us over the course of the consultation event.

Exhibition Boards
Feedback Form

 We will be holding a second consultation event later this year, with both virtual and in person sessions at a number of locations in the local area. Details of the upcoming events will be posted here

Project Summary

The site is located on the Dalnessie Estate, 13km to the north-east of Lairg in the Highlands. View the Location Plan for a detailed map of location.

The Chleansaid Wind Farm proposal comprises:

  • Up to 20 turbines, with a maximum height of 200m and a generating capacity of up to 100MW. View Initial Turbine Layout to view preliminary layout
  • Plans to co-locate battery storage with the wind farm to maximise the use of the grid connection
  • On-site access tracks linking the turbines and connecting to the A836 road via the existing Dalnessie Estate road
  • On-site grid substation
  • Site office and staff welfare facilities
  • An offer of a Community Benefits Package and Shared Ownership of the Wind Farm

Early Stage Development


The Chleansaid Wind Farm proposals are at an early stage. In May 2020, ESB received an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Opinion from the Scottish Government, which sets out the range of environmental studies that need to be undertaken in order to both shape the design and assess the impact of the project.

ESB is following Scottish Government guidance in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. ESB is currently working towards submission of an application for planning consent during 2021.

ESB's Chleansaid Wind Farm development proposal is a wholly new project. ESB has no connection with the previous Dalnessie Wind Farm project, which was proposed in a different location on the Dalnessie Estate and was discontinued in 2014.



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ESB continues to follow Scottish Government advice regarding working, travel and social distancing and will review and revise development in line with the latest Scottish Government advice.



Environmental Impact Assessment


As part of the development process we must undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to assess the effects of the development on the natural, physical and human environment.

The number, size and layout of the turbines will be determined by environmental, technical and commercial constraints identified during the EIA and iterative design processes. Depending on final turbine selection, a potential generating capacity of approximately 100MW could be achieved.

The EIA, which will be published in an EIA Report, will cover topics including landscape and visual amenity; traffic and highways; noise; ornithology and ecology; archaeology and cultural heritage; geology, hydrogeology and hydrology; forestry; and socio economics.

Consultation with statutory and non-statutory authorities and with the public is a key part of the EIA process.

ESB is following Scottish Government guidance in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

ESB has appointed RSK Environment Ltd (RSK), an experienced environmental consultancy, as lead consultant to carry out the EIA and related assessments to accompany a Section 36 application to Scottish Ministers.


Public Consultation


Currently, under the Scottish Government's Covid-19 guidance, public consultation events for developments are being held online until September 2021. ESB held a virtual consultation event which ran from 30 July to 27 August 2021. As part of this, five live Q&A sessions were run on three dates over the course of the consultation period, where the team was available to answer any questions about the proposed development.

You can view and download our feedback form and comprehensive information about the site proposals here. For more information on the Chleansaid Wind Farm project and to submit feedback forms, contact: Duncan Scott at

ESB will be holding a second consultation event later this year,  as the project moves towards submission of an application. We will be holding both virtual and in person events at a number of locations in the local area. Details of the upcoming events will be posted here.



The Benefits of Chleansaid Wind Farm


The development of Chleansaid Wind Farm would bring several important benefits at both the local and national levels.

  • Major positive impacts on the environment, providing clean, renewable energy, and helping the Scottish Government reach its target for net-zero carbon by 2045 and interim 2030 targets
  • Supporting the local economy via contracts for tender
  • Up to £17.5m community benefit funding over the lifetime of the project, shaped to local needs
  • Opportunity for Community Shared Ownership



The Benefits 

Read more about the benefits of the Chleansaid Wind Farm Development




Contact Us

For information about the Chleansaid Wind Farm project, please contact:
Duncan Scott, Project Director, ESB Asset Development UK Ltd - E:
For media enquiries, please contact ESB's press office at:
T: 00353 1 702 6009 (Media Enquiries Only) / Out of Hours: 00353 87 255 7186 (Media Enquiries Only) E:





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