Photomontage – from the Minor Road, Drochaid na h-Uidh


Site statistics


Highland Council Area lying 2 km to the north-west of Bonar Bridge.


Scoping Report submitted February 2024 to the Scottish Government Energy Consents.

Project benefits

Balblair wind farm is being developed by Vestas Development A/S and Force 9 Energy Ltd.

Aside from its wider socio-economic and environmental benefits wind power is compatible with other land uses and can provide a boost for rural economic diversification.

Vestas and Force 9 are committed to giving local businesses opportunity to share in the financial and employment benefits of the construction and operation of the Balblair wind farm. If constructed, Balblair will offer opportunities for local businesses such as accommodation providers, hire companies, fencing contractors, tradesmen, and machinery plant owners. If you are part of a local business, please contact us and we will register your interest and keep you informed about valuable opportunities for local businesses connected with the wind farm.

The project will be committed to paying Community Benefit at the prevailing Scottish Government recommended rate: currently at a value equivalent to £5,000 per Mega Watt of installed capacity, for every year of operation (anticipated to be 30 years) to help fund community projects. For illustrative purposes, if a 40 MW wind farm is constructed, this would be worth £200k per year (index linked) for local communities, for each year of operation – a total of up to £6 million over the project’s lifetime.

The funds would be available for a variety of local good causes and, subject to certain guidelines, agreement will be reached with the local community as to how best to distribute the available funds.

Balblair Project Page

See project page for detail of exhibitions.


*Please note that this figure is based on 9 turbines with an installed capacity of 38.7 MW operating at a UK average capacity factor of 26.34% capacity and assuming 3,239 is the average UK household electricity consumption in kW hours (based on most recent statistics from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Jan 2024 (DESNZ)