Projects under development and construction
Energy Isles, Tittyans Hill
Knockcronal Wind Farm
Following thorough site surveys and two public consultation events undertaken in May and September 2021, we submitted Knockcronal Wind Farm’s planning application to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU) at the end of November 2021.
The planning application consists of 6 turbines up to 200 m blade tip height and 3 turbines up to 180 m blade tip height, with an expected installed capacity of approximately 59.4 MW. The planning application also seeks consent for energy storage opportunities onsite as well.
We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to provide their views on the proposal and help shape the project.
In light of the Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time the planning documents were submitted they have been made are available to view online. You can access the documents at the ECU's website under the application reference ECU00002181. We have also uploaded the documents in project documents.
This website will be kept updated to keep you informed of how the project progresses through the planning process.
Landscape and Visual Presentation
How have we considered the landscape and surrounding area as we have developed the project? Project Manager John Wallace explains.
Stage 1: Site Selection (12 months)
Extensive research to identify suitable sites: positive indicators include good wind speed and minimal environmental and technical constraints.
No public engagement is carried out during this time because the site may not pass the criteria required for it to be considered being suitable for development.
Stage 2: Pre-Planning (6 - 12 months)
We request the view of the Scottish Government and South Ayrshire Council on the level of study required (known as "Scoping") to assess the proposal.
Scoping is sent to local and neighbouring Community Councils and consultees such as NatureScot (previously known as SNH), SEPA and Historic Environment Scotland. At this scoping stage it is expected that our initial proposal will evolve in response to, information from studies and engagement with the public and statutory consultees.
Stage 3: Submit Planning Application, and Decision (12 months)
An application is submitted to the Scottish Government, accompanied by a comprehensive Environmental Report showing the results of all studies undertaken.
This is publicly available information and will be available on this project website. Interested parties and statutory consultees such as South Ayrshire Council can formally comment on the application.
Stage 4: Construction (12 - 18 months)
If Knockcronal Wind Farm is approved, construction begins at least one year after consent.
Construction typically takes 12-18 months and planning conditions associated with the consent are used to manage elements of construction and the project.
Stage 5: Operation (30-35 years)
The turbines are managed from a regionally based maintenance team, and operations are controlled by detailed planning conditions.
We are committed to community benefit and shared ownership opportunities. A community fund is active throughout the lifetime of the project for a range community initiatives.
Stage 6: Decommissioning (12 months)
Get the latest updates and developments for Knockronal Wind Farm, and feel free to contact us using the contact form.
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