Project Description

PROJECT STATISTICS

wind turbine

12

TURBINES
wind turbine

140 m

MAXIMUM HEIGHT
wind turbine

26,300

HOMES SUPPLIED

Status

Planning Approved by the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) in January 2019.

Output

  • 12 turbines = 3.5 MW each.
  • Total Installed Capacity = Up to 42MW

Specifications

  • Height to blade tip = Up to 140m

THE DEVELOPMENT

Muirhall Energy and Buccleuch Estates have been granted consent to develop Hopsrig Wind Farm. The site is located west of the B709 road, approximately 7.5km north west of the town of Langholm. The project has been thoroughly and sensitively designed to relate to the local landscape and is within an area which had been part of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Potential ‘Area of Search for Large Scale Wind Energy Developments’. The site is outwith any international, national, regional or local environmental designations and is also outside the recommended 15km Eskdalemuir ‘Exclusion Zone’.

An Environmental Impact Assessment has been undertaken and follows the advice provided through the scoping process. The wind farm layout has 12 turbines, each with a generating capacity of 3.5MW and a blade tip height of up to 140m.

Shared Ownership

The development at Hopsrig wind farm will bring an opportunity for the local community to own up to a 10% stake in the project, which could deliver increased funds to invest in local projects and initiatives.

COMMUNITY BENEFITS

Our proposed development will contribute significant environmental and socio-economic benefits for local businesses, groups and projects in the communities close to the wind farm and it will also have a positive national impact. In addition to the intended shared ownership of the wind farm, further benefits can be delivered through the use of the Community Benefit Fund which will have up to £5.25 million available over the lifetime of the proposed development.

The proposal is predicted to create 49 job years locally and 154 nationally during the construction period and, during that time it is likely to benefit a range of local businesses such as accommodation providers, caterers and other goods and service suppliers. It is expected that there will be a capital expenditure of at least £33 million for the site, which will also contribute to the health of the wider renewables industry, which has become an important source of employment across the country.

The proposed development will make a positive contribution Scottish Governments targets, which set aims for 100% of Scotland’s electricity consumption to be produced by renewable sources by 2020; by generating up to 42 megawatts of renewable, low-carbon electricity, enough to meet the needs of 26,300 homes annually. The associated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the proposed 25 year life of the project will equate to savings of approximately 1,362,500 tonnes. Additionally, by contributing to the indigenous supply of energy, the reliance on imported energy in the region is reduced. The proposal also includes a Habitat Management Plan (HMP) which will carry out habitat enhancement works that will restore blanket bog and heathland habitat, to improve biodiversity interest, and to reshape the boundaries of forest margins in order to soften sharp geometric edges.