Dulater Hill, near Butterstone

Scotland shares our ambition for a self sustaining and low carbon energy future – we like the sound of that. Scottish Ministers have made an admirable commitment to green energy and aim to meet all of Scotland’s electricity demands from renewable energy by 2020 – this is no small feat.

Our Dulater Hill Wind Park proposal is in Perth and Kinross close to the village of Butterstone midway between Dunkeld and Blairgowrie.

Our comprehensive environmental assessments suggest Dulater Hill has the right environmental assets to accommodate 17 windmills. It is expected that Dulater Hill wind park will make a significant contribution in replacing the use of fossil fuels, resulting in an important reduction in carbon emissions in line with the Scottish Ministers’ green energy objectives.

Ecotricity is all about sustainability and energy independence and we want these benefits to be enjoyed by communities that host our wind parks, that’s why we are making funds available to benefit the local community. As recommended by the Scottish Government, the project will contribute £5,000 per installed MW per year over the lifetime of the project, which will be available to fund local projects and initiatives (read more about the advantages of wind energy).

Further information on the community benefit package will be made available as the project develops. For the latest information contact us at:

Email: dulaterhillcommunitybenefit@ecotricity.co.uk.

Planning Updates 

Application refused - 24 May 2019

On 24 May 2019, Scottish ministers refused our Dulater Hill wind park on landscape grounds. The decision letter and report can be found on the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division website.

Ecotricity's founder Dale Vince said, "With great frustration and some climate irony our plan for 17 windmills in Scotland has been turned down for their visual impact. The boss of the country's nature conservation agency talks of "apocalypse" if they don't take urgent action to cut CO2 emissions.

"The climate emergency obliges us to change the balance of decision making. We don't have the luxury of being able to fuss over relatively trivial issues like the fact windmills are visible. We need more renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions, and we need it urgently."

Public Inquiry Held - 13 April 2017

We’ve had a bit more progress on our plans to build 17 windmills at Dulater Hill.

As you may have seen below, Perth & Kinross Council objected to our planning application – and so a Public Inquiry was arranged. 

The Inquiry was held locally at the Birnam Institute Arts & Conference Centre, and ran from 28 March 2017 through to 4 April 2017.

We think Dulater Hill is a great location for 17 windmills – and we were able to present our case at the Inquiry.

Following the Inquiry, the Reporter (who analyses planning applications on behalf of the Scottish government) will now write a recommendation to Scottish Ministers, who will make a decision on the application. 

We’re hoping to get that decision within the next six to nine months. 

Dulater Hill Wind Park Addendum Submitted - 10 February 2017

An addendum to the Dulater Hill Wind Park Environmental Statement has now been submitted to the Scottish Government.

If you’d like to view a hard copy, you can do this at the following places:

  • Birnam Arts & Conference Centre – Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0DS
  • Blairgowrie Library – 46A Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AW
  • Perth & Kinross Council – Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH11 5GD

The addendum can also be viewed at the Scottish Government Library at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ.

A copy of the additional information has been made available to Perth and Kinross Council for public inspection.

Copies of the addendum may be obtained from Daniel Shoesmith, Dulater Hill Wind Park Limited (Tel: 01453 769330). A hard copy of the addendum will cost £100, and on CD it’s free of charge. Copies of a short non-technical summary are also available free of charge.

Anyone wishing to make representations to Scottish Ministers in relation to the addendum can do this by writing to Mr Colin Bell at the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division, 4 The Courtyard, Callendar Business Park, Falkirk, FK1 1XR or by emailing colin.bell@gov.scot, identifying the proposal and specifying the grounds for representation. Written or emailed representations should be dated, clearly stating the name (in block capitals), full return email and postal address of those making representations.

All representations should be received by 4 March 2017.

Any representations received by 4 March will be published on the DPEA website. If you require any further information please call 01324 696 463.

All previous representations received in relation to this development remain valid.

Addendum Public Notice & Consultation Period - 12 June 2015

We have been notified that the Scottish Government have now accepted the Addendum to the Dulater Hill Wind Park and will be seeking views on the proposal from consultative bodies and the general public. A public notice outlining the consultation period for the Addendum to the Dulater Hill Wind Park will first appear in today’s press. A copy of the notice can be viewed here. The consultation period will run until Friday the 24 July 2015. If making a representation please remember to contact the Scottish Government directly by either; email at: representations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk, or in writing to the following address:

The Scottish GovernmentEnergy Consents Unit5 Atlantic Quay150 BroomielawGlasgowG2 8LU

Don’t forget to reference the Dulater Hill Wind Park and please note that are previous representations received in relation to this development will remain valid.

Dulater Hill Wind Park Addendum Submitted - 11 June 2015

An Addendum to the Dulater Hill Wind Park Environmental Statement has now been submitted to the Scottish Government.

Over the last few months we have liaised with a number of consultees and undertaken further assessments in response to requests for clarification and additional information received during consultation. The information submitted relates mainly to landscape, transport, hydrology, ecology and ornithology, and is summarised in our recent newsletter.

Environmental Statement Addendum

  • Volume 5a: Addendum
  • Volume 5b: Addendum 

If you’d like to view a hard copy this can be done at the following venues:

  • Birnam Arts & Conference Centre – Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0DS
  • Blairgowrie Library – 46A Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AW
  • Perth & Kinross Council – Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH11 5GD

In the near future the Scottish Government will be inviting comments on the proposal from statutory organisations, other consultees and the general public. This provides the opportunity for residents and statutory bodies to submit their comments on the application.

Planning Update - 04 December 2014

The initial consultation period for Dulater Hill Wind Park has come to a conclusion and a number of stakeholders including statutory consultees, other bodies and the local community have been able to consider our proposals in full.

The issues that have been raised relate mainly to landscape, transport, hydrology, ecology and ornithology. We will be going through a process of discussion and re-consultation with some of the consultees to ensure that we fully understand the issues and to ascertain how concerns can be addressed through clarification or through additional survey or assessment work.

We envisage that an addendum to the Environmental Statement will be submitted, however, it is too early to say how long it will take. First we need to progress discussions with a number of bodies including SNH and SEPA which are likely to run into the beginning of next year. 

If you would like to speak with someone at Ecotricity to discuss our proposals please contact our Community Liaison Manager Chris Perkins onchris.perkins@ecotricity.co.uk.

Public Notice & Consultation Period - 04 July 2014

We have been notified that the Scottish Government have now accepted our application for Dulater Hill Wind Park and will be seeking views on the proposal from consultative bodies and the general public. A public notice outlining the consultation period for our Dulater Hill Wind Park application will first appear in today’s press. A copy of the notice can be viewed here. The consultation period runs until Friday the 15th of August 2014. When making a representation please remember to contact the Scottish Government directly at the address below and be sure to reference Dulater Hill Wind Park. 

The Scottish Government
Energy Consents Unit
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
Glasgow
G2 8LU

Public Exhibition Summary - 04 July 2014

At the end of June we held our Public Exhibition and Q&A Session at the Birnam Arts and Conference Centre.Over the course of the day around 100 people visited us to hear more about the Dulater Hill proposal, ask questions and share their views.

We sent out around 700 invitations to local residents, businesses, elected members and community councils and advertised the event in the Perthshire Courier, Perthshire Advertiser and the Blairgowrie Advertiser.

The event was very useful and we are extremely appreciative of the constructive community feedback we received both at the event and in its aftermath. We would like to thank Birnam Arts and Conference Centre for hosting our exhibition and for their hospitality and Roddy McInness of Spittalfield and District Community Council for chairing the Q&A Session.

If you couldn’t make it to the event you can view our informative display boards here, which provide information on what we do, why we do it and more specific detail on what’s been proposed at Dulater Hill. If you have any questions about the proposal, please contact the development team on 01453 769334 or send us an email at dulaterhill@ecotricity.co.uk.

Planning Application Submitted - 30 June 2014

We have now submitted a planning application for Dulater Hill Wind Park along with a full Environmental Statement to the Scottish Government for consideration.

If you’d like to view a hard copy this can be done at the following venues:

  • Birnam Arts & Conference Centre - Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0DS
  • Blairgowrie Library - 46A Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AW
  • Perth & Kinross Council - Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH11 5GD

If you would like to comment on our planning application you can email the Scottish Government at  representations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk, or write to them at this address:

The Scottish Government
Energy Consents Unit
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
Glasgow
G2 8LU

Don’t forget to reference the Dulater Hill Wind Park.

Public Exhibition Announced - 20 June 2014

At the end of this of month we’ll be holding a Public Exhibition where we will be sharing the final designs of the Dulater Hill application that we are submitting to the Scottish Government.

Venue: Birnam Arts and Conference Centre

Date: Monday the 30th of June 2014

Time: Drop in Session 1PM-8PM

Presentation and Q&A: 7PM-8PM

Members of the team will be there to discuss the proposal and the Environmental Impact Assessment with local residents, answer any questions you may have and would be pleased to hear your views. If you are unable to make it please do not hesitate to get in contact directly if you require any information regarding the proposal.

Email:  dulaterhill@ecotricity.co.uk

We are aware that wind energy can be a complex subject and at times it can be useful to get a direct answer from the developer involved.

Planning Update - 09 April 2014

We’re hoping to submit our planning application in the coming weeks – and are currently finalising our environmental assessments and compiling our Environment Statement. Once we’re ready to submit our application we’ll hold a public exhibition to share our final designs with local people.

The exhibition will be held locally and we’ll send invites and newsletters to residents in due course. During the past year we’ve consulted with (and continue to do so) with a number of organisations including The RSPB, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Perth and Kinross Council and the Scottish Government. And we’ve carried out extensive surveys, covering a range of environmental topics including ecology, hydrology, noise and transport. 

If you have any questions or would like further information please call us on 01453 769 334 or send us an email to  dulaterhill@ecotricity.co.uk.

Dulater Hill Wind Park Drop in Sessions - 21 May 2013

Our community engagement programme for Dulater Hill commenced in the last few weeks, and we got to hear the thoughts of local people at two drop in sessions at the end of April.

As you may know, the Dulater Hill project is still at a pre-application stage; our current plan is to develop a 17 turbine wind park on agricultural land in Perthshire close to Dunkeld. However, it is important to us to keep local people informed right from the outset.

Approximately 100 people visited the events across two days, including three Councillors and two Community Council Chairs. Around 70 people signed up to our mailing list and they will be kept informed of our developments with direct messages.

We want anyone who might live or work close to the turbines to be part of our consultation. Thus, in the build-up to the events, we sent postal invitations for the drop in sessions to a total of 571 local residences and businesses closest both to the site and to the proposed delivery route for turbine components, as well as other local political, strategic and community stakeholders. The events were also advertised in the local press. We would like to thank Butterstone Village Hall and Birnam Arts and Conference Centre for hosting our exhibitions and for their hospitality.

The drop in sessions were very useful and we are extremely appreciative of the constructive community feedback we received both at the event and in its aftermath.

We got a chance to record feedback at the events, and that feedback does reassure us that the majority of people who attended left the drop in sessions feeling better informed about us, the Dulater Hill Wind Park, and the process we are undertaking to try to achieve the project.

As we are still at an early stage in our planning, the feedback we have received will also help us to inform the design and development of our proposals, before we make a formal submission.

If you couldn’t make it to either of the drop in sessions, or if you have any questions about the proposal, please contact the development team: 

Email: dulaterhill@ecotricity.co.uk

Tel: 01453 769 334

Introducing Dulater Hill Wind Park - 19 April 2013

We believe that this site in Perthshire is a great place for a new wind park. To date, we have undertaken environmental and engineering assessments at the site, including bird and bat surveys and access route assessments. We have also collected a whole years’ worth of wind data from our meteorological mast.

Both the Scottish Government and Perth and Kinross Council have been consulted on our proposals along with other statutory consultees such as Scottish Natural Heritage and a host of other bodies and stakeholders. We will continue to work closely with them as our plans develop.

To share our current proposals, we are hosting a series of introductory Drop in Sessions to meet local residents and community stakeholders at the following venues:

  • Birnam Arts & Conference Centre in Dunkeld, 29th April 2013, 12pm – 7pm
  • Butterstone Village Hall in Butterstone, 30th April 2013, 12pm – 7pm

Members of the team will be there to discuss current proposals and the Environmental Impact Assessment work that is being undertaken.We would be pleased to hear your views and answer your questions. We are aware that wind energy developments like this can be a complex subject and we will endeavour to provide you with as much information as you need to address your concerns and curiosities.

If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Email: dulaterhill@ecotricity.co.uk

Tel: 01453 769334