Hesta Head wind farm

StatusPlanning received

LocationOrkney Islands

TechnologyOnshore wind

Project Overview

Hesta Head Wind Farm supported the case to bring a new subsea grid connection to Orkney, and since 2015 we have been working to ensure the new interconnector was approved.

Our projects were the first on Orkney to secure planning consent, hold grid connections and win CfDs (Contracts for Difference).  Now approved, the benefits of a new interconnector include greater security of energy supply, economic and community benefits, employment and renewable energy investment opportunities.

The site benefits from excellent wind resource, validated by a 2 year on-site measurement campaign. There is good access from the nearest road and there are no international or national natural heritage designations, and no cultural heritage (archaeological) designations on site.

There is very limited peat within the site boundary, and none in the vicinity of turbines.

Once operational, Hesta Head will contribute £5,000 per MW community benefit fund.  The wind farm offers shared ownership and the option of match funded enhanced community benefit fund to target alleviation of fuel poverty in the local area.

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Installed capacity (MW)
up to 20.4

Households powered per annum

CO2 emissions saved (tonnes per annum)