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, Jason Morin via email (jm@muirhallenergy.co.uk), if you would like to discuss the current application in more detail, or to arrange a call.

PROJECT STATISTICS

wind turbine

8

TURBINES
wind turbine

135 m

MAXIMUM HEIGHT
wind turbine

15,888

HOMES SUPPLIED

Status

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 20/0493/s42, at the link below:

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Output

  • Consented = 8 turbines of approximately 3.2 MW each. Total Capacity = 25.6 MW
  • In Application = 8 turbines of approximately 4.5 MW each. Total Capacity = 36 MW

Specifications

  • Consented height to blade tip = 135m
  • In Application height to blade tip = 180m

THE DEVELOPMENT

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 180m tip height to be constructed, instead of the currently consented 135m. The increase in size of wind turbine generators, will increase the site capacity to 36MW.

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 and Addendum, it should be read in conjunction with the submitted ES.

Shared Ownership

The development at Loganhead 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.
The Shared Ownership model we are using for Crossdykes Wind Farm is at a more advanced stage, and as such we would expect this model to be used for Loganhead Wind Farm, should it be successful.

COMMUNITY BENEFITS

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 £128,000, to £252,000 per year, and would be in place for the operational lifetime of the wind farm.

COMMUNITY BENEFITS

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 £128,000 (£5,000 per megawatt) will be put in place for the long term benefit of neighbouring communities. This amounts to £3.2 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.