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About Appin Wind Farm
We have submitted a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government to consider the potential for up to 25 turbines.
We are proposing a turbine height of up to 230m to tip.
The size and locations of the turbines are not fixed yet, further studies and consultation over the development period will help confirm the final layout and the turbine height at each location.
Our proposed tip heights are similar in size to the proposed windfarms nearby. Euchanhead Wind Farm (submitted to planning) has turbines of up to 230m and Sanquhar II (submitted to planning), turbines up to 200m to tip height.
As we develop the wind farm we are mindful to develop a scheme that fits within the landscape and existing developments. As our plans develop, we will share how the proposal will look from agreed viewpoints.
The Wind Farm site boundary lies approximately 12.5km to the west of Thornhill and 7km north-west of the village of Moniaive in Dumfries and Galloway.
To keep up to date throughout the project's development, please register for updates and feel free to Get in touch.
Should the proposal be submitted to planning, the application will also seek consent for the necessary infrastructure and other requirements for the project. This will include, tracks, a substation, laydown areas, construction compounds, energy storage systems, site entrance, and other ancillary infrastructure.
Full details will be made available in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report which is submitted along with any Application for planning.
The Proposed Development is on a site of commercial forestry. Where additional felling is required to accommodate the wind farm, we will seek to minimise the loss of woodland area in accordance with the Scottish Government's Control of Woodland Removal Policy (Forestry Commission Scotland, 2009).
Statkraft are at the forefront of battery and grid stability projects, which are increasingly vital as the amount of renewable energy generation in the UK increases.
Statkraft are assessing the potential for storage at this site, which could be included in the wind farm planning application, or progressed via a separate application.
We area assessing a number of grid options to facilitate a grid connection for Appin, which is not yet determined. The grid connection would be the responsibility of ScottishPower Energy Networks (SPEN) and would be subject to a separate consenting process by them.
The project duration is likely to be up to 50 years. After this time, the wind farm will either be decommissioned, have its life extended or re-powered. A bond is put in place before construction starts and that bond is used to decommission the project at the end of its lifetime.
About The Developer
Statkraft is at the heart of the UK's energy transition. Since 2006, Statkraft has gone from strength to strength in the UK, building experience across wind, solar, hydro, storage, grid stability and EV charging. Statkraft is a global company in energy market operations, with approximately 4800 employees in 19 countries.
Statkraft has operated in the UK since 2006, developing, owning and operating renewable production facilities including wind farms in Wales and Scotland. Our Scottish Head quarters are based in Glasgow.
Statkraft are currently completing the construction of Twentyshilling Hill Wind Farm, near Sanquhar and recently completed the construction of Windy Rig Wind Farm near Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway.
We also have one project in development Artfield Forrest, new Newton Stewart. You can find out more about these projects on our website.
Consultation & Engagement
Following submission of the Scoping Report (March 2022), we have written to local Community Councils, Elected Representatives and made the project website live, to help inform as many people as possible and gather feedback on the proposal.
We have offered to meet with the host and surrounding community councils to present the project and gather their views on the best way to engage with the community over the development period of the wind farm. Feedback from the community and consultees will help shape the design of the project.
As Covid-19 restrictions have eased we look forward to meeting with the members of the local community in person including at future public exhibitions for the project.
In the meantime this website will be kept up to date with the latest project information and news.
If interested, whether a local resident or a business, you can register for updates on the Get in touch page and we will contact you as we progress the plans. We follow all GDPR guidelines in relation to personal data and you can opt out at any time.
As Covid-19 restrictions ease we will continue to follow any prevailing Scottish Government guidance now and in future.
We like to meet with local residents and community representatives early in the planning process. Face to face meetings had not always been possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic so we offered and took part in virtual meetings with Community Councils to introduce ourselves and our plans. We are keen to meet with communities face to face or virtually should they prefer.
During the pandemic we hosted virtual exhibitions and when restrictions allowed held in person exhibitions. It is likely that we will continue to host both virtual and in person exhibitions to ensure as many people as possible can access information about the project and have an opportunity to provide their views. We welcome local residents views on this.
Following this scoping stage, we will evaluate all feedback and will use it to help refine our proposal.
We can still answer questions and receive feedback after the scoping period and where we can we will do our best to incorporate it. However, the closer the Development gets towards Public Exhibitions or planning submission it may mean that there isn't sufficient time to consider your comments before the plans are finalised. We therefore encourage you to provide your feedback early.
We hope to submit a Section 36 application (to the Scottish Government) in 2022. There is an opportunity to provide a formal representation to the Scottish Government - we will keep our project website updated with news on how to do this.
Yes. Statkraft are committed to delivering community benefit fund for Appin Wind Farm of £5,000 per MW installed per annum in line with Scottish Government Good Practice Principles, should the project be consented.
We are not prescriptive in how community benefit funds are set up and administered and look forward to working with communities to create a community benefit fund that delivers meaningful benefits to communities surrounding the development.
The biggest opportunity to bring local jobs is during the construction phase.
Statkraft always endeavours to be a good neighbour and when bringing new investment to the community, we look at how we can share the economic value of our projects. As such, we will look to develop links with local business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce to understand the mutual benefits of using local suppliers. We are keen to work with local suppliers. Please fill in the Local suppliers registration form if you are a local company interested in being a supplier, or if you would like to suggest a company we could contact.
We would like to hear your ideas as to how our project can foster links with local businesses.
We are often asked by people if we can help deliver faster broadband, or even get them connected in the first place.
We need high quality broadband to operate our wind farms, including for Appin Wind Farm if it is given the go ahead. As we require broadband, we have committed to explore whether it can also help benefit the local and wider community as well. We believe we are the only developer to commit to funding a feasibility study to look into the potential for fibre and wireless line of sight broadband for all our new wind farm projects.
We are committed to offering shared ownership for the Appin wind farm project and are happy to follow this up should there be interest within the community to explore this further.
We work with Local Energy Scotland to explore community ownership opportunities and we can arrange separate meetings with them if there is interest.
Yes. We have a 'Local suppliers' registration link on the website and please get in touch if you are a local business and interested in the project. We our Members of the Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce and we plan to organise 'Meet the Developer' events for businesses in the future to facilitate working with the local supply chain.