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Appin Wind Farm
The proposed Appin Wind Farm is located in Dumfries and Galloway approximately, 12.5km to the west of Thornhill, 6.5km north west of Tynron and 6km north west of the village of Moniaive.
We hosted our first Public Exhibition for the proposal online from 29 August – 19 September 2022. We were also pleased to be able to meet the community at two in person exhibition events on the 7 September 2022 at Glencairn Memorial Institute, Moniaive and on 8 September 2022 at Tynron Parish Hall.
The exhibition provided residents and other interested parties the opportunity to review our current proposal and provide their views. Thank you to everyone who attended, viewed the website and provided their views.
A Scoping Request was submitted to the Scottish Government in March 2022 to consider the potential of up to 25 turbines, with a maximum blade tip height of up to 230m and an installed capacity of over 50MW.
Since then we have carried out further studies and listened to initial feedback and our current proposal for 17 turbines, with 15 turbines to 230m to tip height and 2 turbines 200m to tip height. It was this proposal that was presented at the first exhibition. You can view the exhibition material under the project documents tab.
The details of the project submitted to planning in the future will continue to be determined through ongoing environmental studies and consultation. There will be further opportunities to view plans and provide your comments during the development stage to help shape the final design.
If the project is consented, we will be able to provide more households with carbon free electricity, heat and transport in the future, helping Scotland to meet our Net Zero emissions target by 2045.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the project which you can do by filling in the feedback form on the Get in touch page.
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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 being suitable for development.
Stage 2: Pre-Planning (6 - 12 months)
We request the view of the Scottish Government and statutory consultees on the level of study required (known as "Scoping").
Scoping Report is sent to the Dumfries and Galloway Council, local and neighbouring Community Councils and consultees such as NatureScot, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
At this stage, it is expected that our initial proposals will evolve, taking 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 Impact Assessment Report showing the results of all studies undertaken.
This is publicly available information and will be provided on this project website, once completed.
Interested parties and statutory consultees can formally comment on the application.
Stage 4: Construction (12 - 18 months)
If Appin Wind Farm is approved, construction begins at least one year after consent.
Construction typically takes 12-18 months and planning conditions are used to manage elements of construction.
Stage 5: Operation (50 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 worthwhile community initiatives.
Stage 6: Decommissioning (12 months)
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