Project Description

Due to the Ongoing COVID 19 crisis, unfortunately we have not been able to carry out the company’s usual standard of community consultation, for the currently active Loganhead application, with Muirhall staff currently working from home and following Government Guidelines.

Please contact the Project Manager, Mike Molleson via email (mm@muirhallenergy.co.uk), if you would like to discuss the current application in more detail, or to arrange a call.

PROJECT STATISTICS

wind turbine

12

TURBINES
wind turbine

140 m

MAXIMUM HEIGHT
wind turbine

26,300

HOMES SUPPLIED

Status

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

A further section 42 application was validated by Dumfries and Galloway Council on 31st March 2020. All documents have been uploaded to the Dumfries and Galloway Council website, which can be accessed using reference number 20/0492/s42, at the link below:

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Output

  • Consented = 12 turbines of approximately 3.5 MW each. Total Capacity = 42 MW.
  • In Application = 12 turbines of approximately 4.0 MW each. Total Capacity = 48 MW.

Specifications

  • Consented height to blade tip = 140m
  • In Application height to blade tip = 8 turbines at 200m, 4 turbines at 180m.

THE DEVELOPMENT

Muirhall Energy and Buccleuch Estates were granted consent to develop Hopsrig Wind Farm in January 2019. 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’.

A section 42 application was validated by Dumfries and Galloway Council on 31st March 2020. The Application primarily seeks to revise the consented turbine tip heights, in order to allow turbines up to 200m tip height to be constructed (8 at 200m, 4 at 180m), instead of the currently consented 140m. The increase in size of wind turbine generators, will increase the site capacity to 48MW.

An Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA-R) has been prepared to assess the environmental impacts of the Proposed Development and accompanies the application. Although the EIA report supersedes certain elements of the previously submitted ES, it should be read in conjunction with the submitted ES.

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 shared ownership offering, community benefit will be offered and payable regardless of whether the shared ownership offering is taken up.

Muirhall is proposing, should the section 42 tip height application be approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council, community benefit will increase from £5,000 per Megawatt, to £7,000 per Megawatt.

By taking the increase in generation into consideration, in addition to the larger wind turbines, this will increase the annual benefit fund from £192,000, to £336,000 per year, equating to £11.76 million over the operational lifetime of the wind farm.

The section 42 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 £65 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 section 42 proposal 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 48 megawatts of renewable, low-carbon electricity, enough to meet the needs of 50,147 homes annually. The associated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the proposed 35 year life of the project will equate to savings of approximately 2,945,040 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.