Who is Statkraft?
Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, with origins going back 125 years in Norwegian hydro power. In the UK we operate and majority own a hydro power plant and four wind farms, and are actively developing four wind farm projects. We are a leading provider of power purchase agreements and have been appointed by National Grid to help them achieve their ambitions to deliver a zero carbon grid by 2025. In 2020 we acquired an Electric Vehicle charging business and are growing our UK operations.
Our Scottish headquarters are in Glasgow, and we have 4000 employees across 16 countries.
Over the last 10 years, Statkraft has invested over £200 million in renewable energy infrastructure in Scotland. Over £1.6 million has been distributed to communities near their wind farms through local Community Benefit Funds in Scotland.
In August 2019, Statkraft completed an acquisition agreement with UK developer Airvolution, bringing the entire development team in-house to Statkraft.
Read more at www.statkraft.co.uk
Does Statkraft have any other projects in Dumfries & Galloway?
In Dumfries & Galloway, we have two consented wind farms Windy Rig and Twentyshilling Hill, which were developed by Element Power (now Statkraft). These will be our first subsidy-free projects in the UK.
Across Scotland, we majority own and operate three wind farms - in Moray, South Lanarkshire and Caithness.
We are following Scottish Government advice and industry guidance due to COVID-19 in all activities relating to development, construction and operations.
How will Statkraft engage on the proposals?
We have a history of engaging early with the local community, and have confidence that we can still do that despite face-to-face meetings not being possible at this time.
We have set up this website earlier than usual to provide an easy way for people to find out more and contact us when we are unable to be present in the community.
We welcome the opportunity to speak with local groups and residents by phone or video call at an appropriate time to provide more detail on our proposals, introduce the team and receive feedback.
Where exactly will the turbines go?
The exact location of turbines at this stage is not yet determined. Our turbine layout will evolve as we receive further information from studies and engage with local residents and statutory bodies.
As more information is gained the number and location of turbines can change. The final layout will be confirmed when the project enters the planning application stage.
How tall will the turbines be?
We are proposing a maximum number of 20 turbines, with a maximum height of 180 metres to blade tip. The proposals are at a very early stage and we expect they will change before they are submitted as a planning application.
Before a planning application is submitted, we will hold a full consultation to show the final project plan in detail and give further opportunity for feedback.
Has a wind farm been proposed on this site before?
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.
Will there be a community fund?
Yes. Even with our subsidy-free wind farms, we commit to a community benefit fund based on the Scottish Government recommended amount, which is £5,000 per MW installed.
For a 20 turbine wind farm with 4MW turbines installed, this would generate £400,000 each year for the local community, or a minimum of £10 million over the lifetime of the project.
We would like to hear your ideas about how this funding could be managed and allocated, you can let us know your ideas here.
What would be the transport route of the turbines if consented?
We are still at an early stage of the proposals and will consult with Transport Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway Council's Roads Team and local communities before this is confirmed.
Because of the site's location near existing projects, we will look at the road links used for those turbine deliveries.
If consented, will there be opportunities for local businesses to get involved in the project?
Yes. We have a 'Local Supplier' registration link on the website and please get in touch if you are a local business and interested in the project. We plan to organise 'Meet the Developer' events for businesses (either virtual or in person depending on Covid guidance) in the future and we are dedicated to working with the local supply chain. We already work with Dumfries & Galloway companies on the construction of our Windy Rig project and we are a member of the Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce.
Will you need to fell trees on site?
The proposed wind farm is situated within an extensive area of commercial forestry whereby felling and replanting is common. If the project is consented, some tree felling will be required to facilitate the wind farm infrastructure, but we will seek to minimise this forestry loss.
In Scotland, there is a requirement to replant any felled trees. Trees are carefully considered as part of the wind farm development process and this information is publicly available in planning application documents.
Is there grid capacity?
We have secured grid capacity for a connection in 2024 and the project will connect to the substation at Newton Stuart.