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Wind energy from Scotland

Glen Kyllachy Onshore Wind Farm

Project Status

Construction on Glen Kyllachy Wind Farm started in October 2019. Initial works are focussing on site establishment, installing the main access tracks and opening up the borrow pits.  Works will continue until the Christmas period at which point the site will be closed until March 2020.

We will provide regular construction updates on this page.


The site is approximately 16 miles south of Inverness

Number of turbines

Up to 20

Tip height

Up to 110 metres

Installed capacity

50 MW


Construction Manager’s Blog

I am Tim James, RWE’s Construction Manager for Glen Kyllachy Wind Farm. Welcome to my Blog.

During the construction of Glen Kyllachy Wind Farm, we will publish a regular update on this website to keep you up-to-date with what has been happening on site, upcoming activities and to share some progress photographs.

January 2021

The Christmas break has come and gone and we are back on site carrying out the electrical works and making preparations for the arrival of the wind turbines.  We have had some access challenges from the weather since recommencing. 

However, some local people have been able to take advantage of the snow and the beautiful mountains.

Spur 10 & Borrow Pit 2 – Winter Scene
Borrow Pit 2 – Following Reinstatement

The electrical contractor has continued with the works at the substation to install the various panels and cables that will enable control of the wind farm once complete.
SHETL have also continued with their works to construct the external switchyard adjacent to the substation.  The underground cable and overhead line that connects our substation to Tomatin substation has been completed and is ready for energisation.

Around 70% of the wind turbine components have now been delivered to the Port of Inverness with the remaining components due to arrive at the port over the next six weeks.

Aerial view of Glen Kyllachy Substation in the snow

November 2020

Over the autumn we have progressed the reinstatement works of the two borrow pits and alongside the access tracks.  We are pleased with what has been achieved by our construction partner, RJ McLeod.

Borrow Pit 2 – During Stone extraction
Borrow Pit 2 – Following Reinstatement

The control building construction has been completed and the electrical contractor is now well progressed with the installation of all of the various panels and cables that will enable control of the wind farm once complete.

SHETL have commenced the grid connection works.  The underground cable and overhead line works are well advanced.  We anticipate that they will start delivering and installing their equipment in their external switchyard at the substation next month.

On Wednesday 30th September 2020 our wind turbine supplier and their haulage contractor undertook a trial run of the delivery route from Inverness port down the A9 to the site entrance and all of the internal access track and turbine locations.  We are pleased to say that everything went well and that we are now ready for delivery of the wind turbine components.

The first ship carrying wind turbine components is expected to dock in Inverness within a week or so.

Aerial view of Turbine Location T302 to T307 including the reinstated Borrow Pit 2
Aerial view of Glen Kyllachy Substation

Construction Manager’s Blog

Tim James, RWE’s Construction Manager for Glen Kyllachy Wind Farm, welcomes you to his Blog.

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Other activities taking place offsite include the confirmation of the contract for the supply and installation of the wind turbines with Nordex.  It is intended that these will be transported to site in March 2021 and the appointment of an Ecological Clerk of Works. Dan Arnold will maintain an overview of the construction works and be a source of ecological advice on site for the team.

During the last couple of weeks, Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) has submitted an application for consent to construct an overhead line between our substation and the new Tomatin substation to The Highland Council. The overhead line will be wood-pole construction and sited entirely within the Farr estate.

If you have any queries about activities onsite please email