Frequently Asked Questions
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 wind farm projects across Scotland. 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 4500 employees across 17 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 would like to thank members of the local community for engaging with us since the proposal was submitted to scoping in May 2020.
We have a history of engaging early with the local community, and 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 which have been submitted to the Scottish Government and the Energy Consents Unit. The project went live on the Energy Consents Unit Website on 7 April 2021.
Where exactly will the turbines go?
Following the completion of our environmental studies and feedback from consultees you can view the proposed locations of the turbines submitted to planning here. If consented, the exact location of turbines may be subject to 'micro-siting' following further assessment of onsite conditions prior to construction. Any 'micro-siting will be limited by planning conditions and overseen by an independent Ecological Clerk of Works.
How tall will the turbines be?
We are proposing a 12 turbine wind farm, with a maximum height of 180 metres to blade tip.
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.
The Artfield Forest Wind Farm proposal includes a proposed community benefit package up to £336,000 per annum for 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 Stewart.