Chleansaid Wind Farm

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

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Chleansaid Wind Farm

The consented 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 development site benefits from good wind speeds, existing site access, a grid connection, is in an area of low residential density and has no on-site environmental designations.


Chleansaid Wind Farm


ESB are delighted to announce that Chleansaid Wind Farm has received consent from the Scottish Government on 15th December 2023.

In December 2022, the Highland Council’s North Planning Applications Committee decided to raise no objection to the Chleansaid Wind Farm plans.

Detail of the consent can be viewed on the Energy Consent Unit website using ECU reference number ECU00002031 or via the documents below:

Determination - Scottish Ministers Decision letter

Determination - SG Notice of Determination

Public Notice

The earliest date for construction to start is 2025 and ESB will organise community meetings in 2024 ahead of the start of any construction work for their input.

We would like to thank the local communities for their input on the development throughout the planning process.  We understand that transport is a key consideration and will organise early engagement to ensure that local priorities and concerns are taken into account.



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 16 turbines, with a maximum height of 200m and a generating capacity of up to 100MW. View the Proposed Site Layout here.
  • 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

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 submitted an application for planning consent to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit in March 2022, and the formal consultation period for the application is now open. All planning application documents can be accessed via the ECU’s website, or can be viewed and downloaded here.

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 have undertaken 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 have been 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 has been published in an EIA Report, covers 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 has been 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

ESB held a virtual consultation event from 30 July to 27 August 2021. As part of this, five live Q&A sessions took place where our team was available to answer any questions about the proposed development. A second consultation event was held from 15th October to 5th November 2021, with two in-person events held in Lairg and Rogart.

As the Section 36 application has now been submitted and is live on the ECU portal, the formal consultation period for Chleansaid Wind Farm is now open.

For more information on the Chleansaid Wind Farm project or to request hard copies of the Non-Technical Summary, please contact: Duncan Scott at

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




For information about the Chleansaid Wind Farm project, please contact:
Duncan Scott, Project Director, ESB Asset Development UK Ltd - E:
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