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December 2003

In the beginning…

Muirhall Farm was acquired and restored in 2003 by our Founder and Managing Director, Chris Walker.

August 2009

Our company is formed

Realising an interest in wind farm development, Chris started his own business, ‘Muirhall Energy Limited’.

November 2011

First wind turbines

Having been developed by Lomond Energy, and Chris, the original 6 turbine Muirhall Windfarm became operational in 2011.

August 2012

Our Team

As the portfolio grew, so did the team and expertise at Muirhall Energy. Having developed a number of single turbine sites, the company began to look at larger potential wind farm developments.

September 2014

Muirhall Wind Farms grow

In 2014, a 2 turbine Muirhall Extension became operational, boasting the tallest tip heights in the UK at the time, at 147m. With the commitment that community benefit monies would be kept local, a new group ‘WAT IF’ was formed.

November 2016

A further 3 turbine extension

‘Muirhall South’ was constructed in 2016, completing the now 11 turbine Muirhall Windfarm. Another UK record was set, this time for the largest rotor at 130m. Provision of additional funds to WAT IF group, furthered our local commitment.

February 2017

Shed

Further portfolio growth lead to new additions to our team. Our business premises were extended to include the Garden Office, affectionately known as ‘The Shed’.

November 2017

Tormywheel Windfarm

Our innovative approach to solving aviation concerns at Edinburgh airport meant that the 15 turbine Tormywheel Windfarm was constructed and began generating electricity in 2017. Once again, our community benefit commitment was above industry standards and was safeguarded when the project was later sold.

November 2018

Looking forward

With 20 team members, sites at every stage in the developmental pipeline and exciting shared- ownership opportunities to enhance our support of the communities in which we work, we thought the only thing that we had not developed was our logo! Time for a refresh…

OUR MISSION

At the heart of our business is a commitment to local people. We aim to create real opportunities for individuals, businesses, groups and projects in the communities close to our developments.

MAIN POINTS OF CONTACT

Chris Walker
Chris WalkerMANAGING DIRECTOR & FOUNDER
Chris has a track record of success with small businesses and started in the renewable energy sector in 2003. Having acquired and moved to Muirhall Farm he acutely understands the desire and need to diversify farms and landholdings.

By 2009 Chris had demonstrated his drive and perseverance and had guided the six-turbine Muirhall Windfarm from concept, through planning to construction and operation, at a cost of £24m. This, amongst other business ventures, has allowed Chris to understand and build up an impressive amount of experience in financial management – the underlying key to any businesses success.

Colin Williams
Colin WilliamsDIRECTOR OF WIND DEVELOPMENT
Originally an Ecology graduate, Colin holds a Masters in Energy and Certificate in Business Administration. He has been heavily active in the wind sector in Scotland and Northern England for over a decade, establishing Wind Prospect’s Edinburgh Office in 2002. Colin is also a Chartered Scientist and sits on the Scottish Renewables Onshore Wind Environment Group.

He was responsible for the identification and initial development of a number of operating and consented wind farms, including Burnfoot Hill (26MW), Longpark (38MW), Green Rigg (36MW) and Burnhead (26MW).

Alastair Yule
Alastair YuleDIRECTOR OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Prior to joining Muirhall, Alastair worked for RWE Npower Renewables as a Project developer and before that as an Environmental manager for a planning consultancy in the south of England.

Alastair has worked in the Renewables sector since 2006 mainly focusing on onshore wind development and has directly overseen a number of ‘Major’ and Section 36 onshore wind applications throughout Scotland, including the now operational Burn of Whilk wind farm (22.5MW) in Caithness and Muirhall’s consented projects at Crossdykes (48MW) and Loganhead (25.6MW) in Dumfries and Galloway. More recently Alastair has worked with the team to deliver consents for 2 Energy Storage projects totaling (59.8MW). He is a member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

Peter Marshall
Peter MarshallSENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Peter has secured development sites, delivered planning consents and grid connection agreements for many of Muirhall’s operational sites. Last year, he led the Section 36 Public Local Inquiry for the company’s largest wind farm proposal at Caplich; a site which he identified and has managed since 2012. Since joining the company in December 2010, he has managed the planning processes for Muirhall Extension, Muirhall South, Climpy, Heathland, JJ’s Farm, North Brackenridge, Gibsley and Higham.
He is a Chartered Planner and takes a keen interest in community benefits and shared ownership. He has contributed to Scottish Government steering groups for both.
Kenny Christie
Kenny ChristieCONSTRUCTION MANAGER
As a Degree qualified Civil Engineer, Kenny brings 22 years experience gained in the civil engineering & building industry. He has held positions as both an engineer and manager working for a broad scope of contractors. Works include large-scale groundworks to multi-storey steel construction and geotechnical engineering/mining consolidation.

Kenny now oversees the daily construction activities on new wind farm development, where his expertise and ‘hands-on’ approach to coordinating subcontractors and all parties, enables the safe and timely completion of projects.

Sean MacDougall
Sean MacDougallSENIOR TECHNICAL ASSET MANAGER
Sean completed his PhD at the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences in Edinburgh. With a first class honours degree in Physics and Environmental Science, and as a previous MSc. tutor in Advanced Renewable Energy Engineering, Sean has an extensive knowledge of innovative renewable technologies from research to development.

As Senior Technical Asset Manger, Sean is responsible for managing Muirhall Energy’s almost 60MW of operational wind farms. This involves enhancing asset performance, working with local service teams and negotiating PPAs to supply green energy. Sean also supports the development team through site assessment and optimisation as well as technical advice during procurement and construction.