SSE will appeal against the Court of Session in Edinburgh’s decision to uphold a legal challenge to consent for the company’s up to 240MW Stronelairg wind farm in the Scottish Highlands.

A spokesperson for SSE said: “We intend to appeal the ruling by the Court of Session reducing the consent decision for Stronelairg wind farm, and we welcome today’s decision by the Scottish Government to do the same.

“We believe the consent decision was lawful.

“Stronelairg is a carefully designed project sited on degraded peatland with the carbon payback estimated to be around 16 months.

“It will sit in a natural upland bowl, will not be seen from the Great Glen’s key tourist routes, and will be entirely invisible from Loch Ness.

“Stronelairg will utilise extensive existing infrastructure at our Glendoe hydro scheme.      

“The project would bring significant benefits to the local and wider economy. It was strongly supported by many local stakeholders, was not opposed by the local community council and was supported by the Highland Council planning committee.”

Image: SSE's Griffin wind farm (SSE)