Planning Approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council March 2018.
- 10 turbines = 4.8 MW each.
- Total Installed Capacity = Up to 48MW
- Height to blade tip = Up to 149.9m
Muirhall Energy has received planning consent for an application to build a wind farm at Crossdykes, 11km North-West of Langholm, and 13km North-East of Lockerbie. The project has been thoroughly and sensitively designed to relate to the local landscape and is: within Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Potential ‘Area of Search for Large Scale Wind Energy Developments’; Outside of any international, national, regional or local environmental designations; and is outwith the recommended 15km Eskdalemuir ‘Exclusion Zone’.
A series of public consultation events have been held to gather feedback from the community on the proposed development.
An Environmental Impact Assessment has been undertaken and follows the advice provided through the scoping process.
A section 42 application to vary the tip height from 130m to 149.m was approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council in March 2018.
The wind farm layout has 10 turbines, each with a generating capacity of 4.8MW and a blade tip height of up to 149.9m.
The development at Crossdykes wind farm would bring a unique opportunity for the local community to own up to 10% of the proposals. The Developer has made an offer to a number of the closest community councils and community organisations, and to date, discussions have been very positive.
In order to help the community understand how the shared ownership offering could work, the Developer has employed an established accountancy firm – experienced in community ownership on other projects throughout Scotland to produce a prospectus which provides details of the project and a number of illustrative scenarios of how the community could finance their equity share and the likely dividends.
In addition to the shared ownership offering, community benefit will be offered and payable regardless of whether the shared ownership offering is taken up.
An annual fund of £240,000 (£5,000 per megawatt) will be put in place for the long term benefit of neighbouring communities. This amounts to £6 million over the 25 year lifetime of the wind farm.
It is anticipated that approximately £30.2 million will be spent within Dumfries and Galloway to realise this project at the currently proposed scale over the operational lifetime of the windfarm; £7.6 million of which will be spent directly within the local area through local contractors and suppliers and £7.5 million of contribution to non-domestic business rates.
Supporting Young People in Employment Training
Muirhall is keen to support Dumfries and Galloway Council’s ambitions to help young people into employment and training. Tourism and hospitality are widely recognised as important sectors to the Dumfries and Galloway economy and therefore we are proud of our unique partnership with ‘Springboard UK’ – – a charity dedicated to promoting hospitality and tourism as the career of choice throughout the UK.
Working together, Muirhall and Springboard will offer a variety of programmes to be run on an annual basis for young and unemployed people in the Annandale & Eskdale area. These will provide skills, recognised qualifications and fully supported work placements for up to 20 people each year, and will be for an initial five year period, following the construction of the Wind Farm.