Welcome to the Appin Wind Farm project page
We have created this website earlier than usual in our engagement process, to provide a way for the public to easily access information and contact us with any project questions or queries.
The proposed Appin Wind Farm is located in Dumfries and Galloway, approximately 12.5km to the west of Thornhill and 7km north west of the village of Moniaive.
A Scoping Request has been submitted to the Scottish Government to consider the potential of up to 25 turbines, with a maximum blade tip height of up to 230m and an installed capacity of over 50MW. If the project is consented, we will be able to provide more households with carbon free electricity, heat and transport in the future, helping Scotland to meet our Net Zero emissions target by 2045.
The details of the project submitted to planning in the future will be determined through ongoing environmental studies and consultation with communities. There will be several opportunities to view plans and provide your comments during the development stage to help shape the final design. You can submit your initial feedback using the form below.
We aim to hold future public exhibitions in person to hear your views first hand. We continue to follow all Scottish Government advice in relation to Covid-19. In the meantime this website will be updated regularly to keep you informed about how the project may be changing as it progresses and to continue a conversation with the local community. You can also find out more about our development team and Statkraft in the UK through this website.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the project which you can do by filling in the feedback form on the Get in touch page.
Get the latest updates and developments for Appin Wind Farm, and feel free to contact us using the contact form.
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Stage 1: Site Selection (12 months)
Extensive research to identify suitable sites: positive indicators include good wind speed and minimal environmental and technical constraints.
No public engagement is carried out during this time because the site may not pass the criteria required for being suitable for development.
Stage 2: Pre-Planning (6 - 12 months)
We request the view of the Scottish Government and statutory consultees on the level of study required (known as "Scoping").
Scoping Report is sent to the Dumfries and Galloway Council, local and neighbouring Community Councils and consultees such as NatureScot, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
At this stage, it is expected that our initial proposals will evolve, taking information from studies and engagement with the public and statutory consultees.
Stage 3: Submit Planning Application, and Decision (12 months)
An application is submitted to the Scottish Government, accompanied by a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment Report showing the results of all studies undertaken.
This is publicly available information and will be provided on this project website, once completed.
Interested parties and statutory consultees can formally comment on the application.
Stage 4: Construction (12 - 18 months)
If Appin Wind Farm is approved, construction begins at least one year after consent.
Construction typically takes 12-18 months and planning conditions are used to manage elements of construction.
Stage 5: Operation (30 years)
The turbines are managed from a regionally based maintenance team, and operations are controlled by detailed planning conditions.
We are committed to community benefit and shared ownership opportunities. A community fund is active throughout the lifetime of the project for worthwhile community initiatives.
Stage 6: Decommissioning (12 months)
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