One of the most common questions we are asked when developing our projects is 'Why here?".
Statkraft's Head of Business and Project Development will help answer this question at a webinar on Tuesday, 29 June at 10am.
During the webinar Richard Mardon will take us behind the scenes of the development process, with a step by step guide on the challenges faced in finding the best sites to maximise Scotland's excellent natural wind resource. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.
Register, and find out more by clicking here.
The event is being recorded and the link will be available shortly afterwards.
We are pleased to announce that our application for Artfield Forest Wind Farm has been submitted to the Energy Consents Unit. The development, located approximately 8 kilometres north-east of Glenluce, is for 12 wind turbines, with a maximum height of 180 metres to blade tip.
The Company first proposed a 20 turbine scheme in May 2020 and has removed eight wind turbines through the design process and after feedback from the community and statutory bodies.
All planning application documents are available to view in the planning documents folder. We appreciate that there is a lot of information contained within the documents and encourage you to contact us if you would like information on a specific aspect of the project.
John Wallace, Project Manager for Statkraft said: “We would like to thank residents and community representatives for their time and input into the project throughout the design process.
We are committed to working with local companies to deliver our wind farm projects and, if consented, we will work with local businesses and supply chains for Artfield Forest. We encourage interested parties to register on our supplier database.”
The Artfield Forest Wind Farm proposal includes a proposed community benefit package of £5,000 per MW of installed capacity, which would generate up to £336,000 per annum for the lifetime of the project. In addition to community benefit, we look forward to continuing discussions with the communities about exploring the opportunity to invest in the wind farm.
Statkraft is following Scottish Government advice in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the full planning application documents can be viewed here on the project website in the planning documents folder or on the Energy Consents Unit website at www.energyconsents.scot
About Artfield Forest Wind Farm
- Energy Consents Unit Reference: ECU00003245
- 12 Turbines
- 180m to blade tip height
- 67.2MW installed capacity
- Generate electricity equivalent to the demand of over 60,000 homes (based on average household consumption of 3,618 kWh per year)
Wildfires which devastated much of the Moray countryside in the north of Scotland last year have led to increased environmental benefits being proposed by Europe’s largest renewable energy producer.
Work on Statkraft’s proposed extension to the Berry Burn Wind Farm, near Forres, has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Project Award, at the Scottish Renewables ‘Green Energy Awards’. In April 2019, a catastrophic wildfire spread throughout the site causing damage to precious habitats and threatening the project all together. The fire burnt for over a week and it took some time to ensure that peat fires were extinguished, and safe access could be allowed.
Unfortunately, the habitats and vegetation across a large area - including the entire proposed extension area – were utterly devastated.
Experts from ecological consultancy Avian Ecology worked tirelessly to ensure the project could continue by working with NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage) and the local community to find ways to restore and then enhance the biodiversity of the site.
Avian Ecology mapped out an engagement approach, with a high emphasis on early and on-going consultation with NatureScot to deliver an innovative habitat management plan that would bring a biodiversity net gain to the fire-damaged area, helping to turn around the catastrophe. In addition, they proposed measures to prevent the spreading of future wildfires, reducing the chance of such extensive damage reoccurring. The plan was carefully designed so as to provide improved peatland habitats for wildlife and carbon storage, providing clear benefits over and above those already in place for the operational Berry Burn Wind Farm.
That work has now been recognised for its quality with the shortlisting for the prestigious Green Energy Awards.
Mícheál Ó Broin, Senior Development Manager at Statkraft said: “Avian Ecology has exceeded our expectations. Their innovative ideas to minimise impacts to the natural environment is paramount in this industry as we work towards our ambitious net-zero target. We are delighted that this project partnership is getting the recognition it deserves.”
Howard Fearn, Director at Avian Ecology Limited said: “The devastating wildfire of April 2019 significantly impeded our normal process to survey and assess ecological impacts of the proposed extension. An entirely new approach was required, and we recognised this as an opportunity to increase the environmental benefits the project could deliver. It required innovative thinking and a close-working relationship with NatureScot. The wind farm extension would enable a significant biodiversity gain through improving peat habitats, accelerating recovery from fire damage and reducing damage from future wildfires.”
Due to Covid-19, this year’s Awards event will be held online on Thursday 26 November.
Thank you to all residents and interested groups who took the time to visit our virtual exhibition to consult on our plans for the Artfield Forest Wind Farm.
What is usually held in a village hall was held online, in keeping with Scottish Government guidance due to Covid-19. Instead of being held over one day, the exhibition ran from 24 August until 18 September 2020. It included live Q&A sessions, a ‘ring back’ service to allow members of the public to request a chat with our team at a time suitable to them, and the opportunity to leave comments and feedback online.
We wrote to over 900 households and businesses within 10km of the site to invite them to attend, and enclosed a brochure and feedback reply card to return by post.
We are now in the process of assessing and responding to all feedback received. Please note that anyone who returned a feedback card and did not tick the 'keep us updated' box means we are unable to respond directly due to GDPR legislation. We will update our FAQ section to cover most of the issues raised - but if you have a question that isn't listed, please contact us.
We appreciate all feedback, which included positive, neutral and negative comments. All of this will help inform the final design of a project. We are happy to continue to receive your comments and questions on the proposals, you can do so here.
Statkraft is progressing plans for Artfield Forest Wind Farm and we have started an online exhibition to present the latest plans to the public.
The proposals in the consultation events are for a 12 turbine project - a reduction of eight turbines from the 20 turbine scheme that Statkraft had originally submitted in their Scoping Request to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit in May 2020. The latest scheme for 12 turbines follows further design work on the project and consultee responses to the Scoping plans.
The virtual consultation, in line with Scottish Government guidance to move exhibition events online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will run from Monday 24 August until Friday 18 September 2020.
The Artfield Forest Wind Farm proposal includes a proposed community benefit package of £5,000 per MW of installed capacity, which could mean up to £336,000 per annum for the lifetime of the project. Statkraft is also committed to shared ownership if there is interest in the local community and is the only wind farm developer that has pledged to commission feasibility studies to assess the potential for bringing improved access to broadband to the local area of each wind farm project.
Over 900 residents and businesses within 10km of the project site have been sent an invitation to attend an online exhibition for Artfield Forest Wind Farm, held between 24 August - 18 September 2020. Advertisements have also been placed online with the Stranraer & Wigtownshire Free Press and in the Dumfries & Galloway Standard.
Tom Walker, Project Manager for Artfield Forest Wind Farm, said:
“We are continuing to develop our Artfield Forest proposals and we look forward to the public consultation events to help provide feedback on our plans. We would traditionally hold exhibitions in the local area but, due to Covid-19 and current advice regarding holding events, we have moved all our exhibition material online. We will hold live Q&A sessions online and residents can book one to one calls to talk through the plans.
“We have a history of engaging with the community and have confidence that we can still do that despite face-to-face meetings not being possible at this time.”
The link to the exhibition will be available from the home page of the project website www.artfield-forest.co.uk. The invitation included a freepost reply card and an 0800 phone number for those who are unable to participate online. Comments and feedback are requested by 18 September 2020.
View the invitation
A member of the Statkraft development team has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2020.
The annual industry award is dedicated to individuals starting their career in the renewable energy sector, recognising those who have achieved beyond all expectations, pioneering new ideas with the drive and ambition to change the industry for the better.
John Wallace, Project Manager at Statkraft was selected from over 100 nominations as a finalist in the Project Development category, in what the organisers describe as a “huge achievement”.
John said: “It’s a real honour to be a finalist for this industry award, and that my work is judged by others to have merit. I’m passionate about sustainable living and my work very much chimes with that.”
John’s successes have included playing a role in a six-fold increase in the company’s UK onshore wind pipeline in just two years; improving processes and bringing efficiencies; as well as being a dedicated mentor for summer interns. John has also recently started a Masters in Renewable Energy through distance learning at Loughborough University.
Richard Mardon, Head of UK Wind & Solar at Statkraft: “John’s admirable work ethic, enthusiasm, and tenacity in early stage development work make him a deserving finalist. He brings great credit to himself and the company.”
Scottish Renewables have moved the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards online this year, and
the award winner will be announced on Friday 19 June.
Although face-to-face meetings and events may not be able to happen until social distancing restrictions are lifted, we are confident that we can continue to carry out meaningful engagement in our project areas using a digital first approach. Our report Community Engagement during COVID-19 sets out some of the methods and tools we will utilise to do this.
We have created this project website at the earliest opportunity, to allow those interested in the project to keep up to date with project news.
At the moment, there’s not a lot to say about the project because we are still seeking feedback from statutory bodies through the scoping process. But please register for updates and be assured that we will keep you up to date as the project progresses.
We are pleased to submit a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government to progress our plans for Artfield Forest Wind Farm. The proposals are at an early stage and the Scoping Request to the Scottish Government seeks to continue our investigations and receive early feedback from consultees.
Recent discussions have taken place with the Energy Consents Unit and Dumfries & Galloway Council, who both confirmed capacity to take forward the application, and we are following Scottish Government advice throughout all of our work in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that there are more important matters due to the current health emergency but we are continuing, where possible, our daily working activity and continuing our investment plans for Scotland.
The proposals for Artfield Forest Wind Farm are at an early stage of the design process. We think there is potential for up to 20 turbines up to 180m high. The proposals may reduce in scale as our environmental consultants progress their studies and feedback is received from statutory consultees and the local community. Read the project summary.
The eastern section of the Artfield Forest site was the previously consented Gass Wind Farm project which was developed by WilloWind Energy Limited. The planning permission for the Gass Wind Farm project has now lapsed and Statkraft will be submitting an entirely new application for the project. WilloWind Energy Limited has no involvement in the new scheme being developed by Statkraft.
We are enthusiastic about bringing meaningful benefits to local communities. We believe we are the only wind farm developer that has pledged to commission feasibility studies to assess the potential to bring improved access to broadband as part of our projects. We look forward to discussing that in more detail with you.
Despite this project being subsidy-free, we are also committed to delivering £5,000 per MW installed in community benefit funding. Based on 20 x 4MW turbines being installed, this would equate to £400,000 year - totalling over £10 million during the lifetime of the project.
We have a history of engaging with the community, and have confidence that we can still do that despite face-to-face meetings not being possible at this time. We welcome the opportunity to speak with local residents and community groups by phone or video call at an appropriate time to outline our proposals in more detail, introduce some of the team and receive any early feedback.
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