Given Britain and Europe’s favourable and often breezy climate, wind energy is attractively viable and highly effective; wind power is a vital component of the UK’s renewable energy mix with the UK leading the way in Europe with 2.4GW of new installations in 2019.

As of 2019, Europe had a total of 205GW installed wind capacity, with wind power accounting for 15% of the EU’s total electricity demand.

Recognising its importance, Low Carbon is currently developing a robust onshore wind portfolio.

Costa Head (Orkney)

Status: Consented

Site overview:

Costa Head has been considered as a location for a wind farm for more than 10 years, with Hoolan Energy acquiring the project in 2015. The site benefits from excellent wind speeds and is not subject to international or national designations within the development area. The site also benefits from not being located near any peat and offers good access directly from the A966. Once operational, the wind farm will provide significant economic benefit to the islands including a community benefit. Costa Head has secured a Contract for Difference (CfD).

Installed Capacity
up to 20.4MW

Number of turbines
~4

Households powered per annum
~11,500

CO2 emissions saved (tonnes per annum)
~12,744

Hesta Head (Orkney)

Status: Consented

Site overview:

Hesta Head has been considered as a location for a wind farm for more than 10 years, with Hoolan Energy acquiring the project in 2015. The site benefits from excellent wind speeds and is not subject to international or national designations within the development area. The site also benefits from not being located near any peat and offers good access directly from the A966. Once operational, the wind farm will provide significant economic benefit to the islands including a community benefit. Hesta Head has secured a Contract for Difference (CfD).

Installed Capacity
up to 20.4MW

Number of turbines
~5

Households powered per annum
~11,500

CO2 emissions saved (tonnes per annum)
~12,744