We are delighted to introduce our Initial Investment Fund, worth £100,000 to the residents of the Community Council areas surrounding the Crossdykes Wind Farm.
The fund welcomes applications from community groups in Lockerbie, North Milk, Middlebie & Waterbeck, Eskdalemuir and Langholm, Ewes and Westerkirk community council areas, and opens on Monday 23rd September 2019.
Applications will be accepted until September 2020, or until such time as all the funds have been distributed.
For any enquiries, please contact the Muirhall Energy office, on 01501 785088, and ask to speak to Jason Morin or Mhairi Frain.
Download an application form here: Initial Investment Fund Application Form (Microsoft Word document)
- Planning approved by Dumfries & Galloway Council March 2018.
- S42 for tip increase approved in June 2019.
- 10 turbines = 4.8 MW each.
- Total Installed Capacity = Up to 48MW, however generation capped at 46MW.
- Height to blade tip = up to 176.5m.
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 149.9m to 176.5m was approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council in June 2019.
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 £322,000 (£7,000 per megawatt) will be put in place for the long term benefit of neighbouring communities. This amounts to £8 million over the 25 year lifetime of the wind farm.
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.