Statkraft to reveal plan for reduced Berry Burn Extension at public exhibitions
11.11.2019 | news
A revised and reduced plan for an extension to an existing wind farm south of Forres is to be presented to local residents this month.
Statkraft, the operator and majority owner of the Berry Burn Wind Farm, will reveal the updated proposal to add nine turbines to the east of the existing site at a series of public exhibitions between 21–23 November.
The company will also host a number of workshops to provide information and discussion opportunities on ecology, shared ownership and the potential for improved broadband services.
The project was introduced to the public at exhibitions held in March this year and Statkraft wants to give local residents a chance to see the updated plans and how the project has evolved before an application is submitted to the Scottish Government.
Ten turbines were initially proposed for the extension but, after extensive site studies and community liaison, the project has been adjusted to a maximum of nine turbines, up to 150 metres in height to blade tip. In addition to generating a significant amount of clean, renewable electricity, the extension would boost the benefits the existing wind farm brings to the local community.
The company has committed to delivering a community benefit fund of £157,500 per year – based on nine turbines and £5,000 per MW installed. This equates to nearly £4 million over the 25-year lifetime of the project and almost doubles the existing fund which has already delivered almost £1 million to more than 100 local initiatives such as investment in young people, community groups, connectivity and local infrastructure.
Alison Hood, Communications Manager at Statkraft UK, said: "The exhibitions provide a great opportunity to discuss our proposal with the community. Due to the local interest shown in ecology, shared ownership and potential for improved broadband we are pleased to offer an opportunity for residents to attend sessions with industry experts on those topics over the three days.”
Project Manager Mícheál Ó Broin said: “Since our last public exhibitions in March the project has been refined, taking into account the feedback we received from local people and a range of local and national organisations.
“Having nine turbines reduces this modest extension further. The turbine that was removed avoids an area of deep peat and means the nearest turbine to Dallas is now over 6km away.”
“We are keen to share our revised proposals and how they can maximise the benefits for the community as well as for our environment with little visual impact."
THE EXHIBITIONS WILL BE HELD AT:
Thursday, 21 November 2019
Edinkillie Community Hall 11am-3pm
Dallas Houldsworth Institute 4.30pm-8.30pm
Friday, 22 November 2019
Rafford Village Hall, Rafford, Forres 2pm-6pm
Saturday, 23 November 2019
Forres Town Hall, 11am – 3pm
The Statkraft team will be able to discuss all aspects of the project throughout the exhibition. Industry experts will be available at the following sessions:
Shared Ownership, with Local Energy Scotland:
Drop in between 11am – 12pm, Thursday 21 November, Edinkillie Community Hall
Broadband with MonsterNet:
Drop in between 2pm – 4pm, Friday 22 November, Rafford Village Hall
Ecology Workshop, with Avian Ecology:
Find out about our work towards delivering a biodiversity gain.
A one-hour session from 10-11am, Saturday 23 November, Forres Town Hall
For more information contact
01463 714403/07730 099617