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Twentyshilling Hill Wind Farm

United Kingdom / Wind power / Project

Twentyshilling Hill Wind Farm is a subsidy-free wind farm project located approximately 4.8km south of Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway.

The wind farm consisting of 9 turbines was granted planning permission by Dumfries and Galloway Council in December 2014 has been fully operational since February 2022.    

The total installed capacity on site is 37.8MW which can power the equivalent of approximately 36,000 homes per year with green energy.

The sale fo the wind farm to Greencoat UK Wind PLC was agreed in December 2019.  Statkraft continue to be involved, providing the day to day operational management services for Twentyshilling Hill Wind Farm.

Company Role
Greencoat UK Wind PLC Owner
Statkraft Operator

Key facts

  • Turbines: 9
  • Tip Height:140 metres
  • Project Status:Operational
  • Community Fund: £190,000 per year
  • Developer: Element Power Ireland Ltd (acquired by Statkraft in 2018)
  • Owner: Greencoat UK Wind PLC

Community Benefit Fund

Twentyshilling Hill Wind Farm provides a Community Benefit Fund worth c.£190,000 per year.  

The fund is available throughout the lifetime of the wind farm for eligible projects or initiatives that deliver on local priorities. 

The aim of the fund is to support projects in the area that help deliver against their local community plan and priorities, for example projects that focus on:

•    Community improvements
•    Education
•    Environment

Nine local communities worked together to agree how the fund would be allocated and managed.  

Kirkconnel & Kelloholm and The Royal Burgh of Sanquhar receive just under a quarter of the fund each year.  The Upper Nithsdale Community Trust will administer the fund on behalf of these communities.

The remainder of the fund is shared equally amongst the other 8 community councils.  Foundation Scotland operate as a single point of contact and co-ordinating administrator for the communities while the distribution of funds is done locally through the following organisations: Keir Community Council, Penpont Community Council, Carronbridge Community Council, Nith Valley Leaf Trust (on behalf of Closeburn), Durisdeer Village Committee, Thornhill Community Council and Wanlockhead Community Council.  

For more information or to apply for funding, please contact the group local to your area listed above.

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