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Key facts

  • Turbines: 12
  • Installed capacity: 43MW
  • Consented: December 2017
  • Construction started: February 2020
  • Community Fund: £215,000 per year

Community

We want to keep local residents and road users up to date during construction. We have met with the Carsphairn Community Council and continued regular Community Liaison Group (CLG) meetings to discuss how we can minimise disruption and keep residents informed, particularly users of the B729. This will be especially important when the turbines are delivered to site.

We are also starting to discuss the community benefit fund arrangements with the CLG. Please contact us for more information.

Construction

Statkraft has appointed Scottish company RJ McLeod to undertake the civil engineering works, with turbines being supplied by Vestas.

We have a traffic alerts system in place for users of the B729 - please contact us if you would like to be added.

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Location of Windy Rig Wind Farm

Background

In December 2017, the project was granted planning permission by Dumfries and Galloway Council. Originally developed by Element Power, consultation with local communities and statutory consultees took place to develop Windy Rig Wind Farm. The project will represent a natural extension to the existing and consented cluster of wind turbines at Windy Standard. As well as concentrating wind farms in one area, this also means infrastructure can be shared with other developments, reducing environmental effects.

In October 2018 Statkraft acquired Element Power Ireland Ltd, which included the consented Windy Rig Wind Farm. We are pleased that many of the team that developed the project are now involved in its construction.

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Windy Rig - turbine layout

 

Timeline:

Feb-Mar 2020 Site office established
Mar-Apr 2020 Additional passing places on the B729 agreed
May 2020 Widening of some parts of the C35 road to improve access
May-Jun 2020 Turbine foundations completed
Jun 2020 Roadside laydown area construction
Early sep 2020 Turbine delivery trial run
Sep-Oct 2020 Turbine deliveries
Early 2021 Turbine erection commences
Late spring 2020 Wind farm operational

Media enquiries

17 Mar, 2021
02:18
March/April 2021 - Latest Update

At the beginning of March there were two incidents involving crane vehicles on their way to the Windy Rig Wind Farm site. There were no injuries at either incident and the relevant authorities were notified. As a robust plan was formed to safely remove the vehicles and monitoring was put in place.

29 Jun, 2021
02:16
May/June 2021 - Latest Update

We are now halfway through our blade delivery programme. This is the first time a specialist blade transporter is being used in the UK. This allows the blade to be lifted up to a 60 degree angle vertically and rotate 340 degrees to help negotiate the journey to the Windy Rig Site.