Berry Burn Extension

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The Berry Burn Wind Farm has been generating clean, renewable electricity since 2014.


Welcome to our project website.

We would like to tell you more about the project and ourselves. This website will be kept updated over the development period to keep you informed and hear your views and ideas.

There is potential to add an additional 9 turbines next to the existing Berry Burn Wind Farm, located eight miles south of Forres in Moray. The wind farm is operated and majority owned by Statkraft and has been operating since 2014. It is made up of 29 turbines, and in a typical year provides power for the equivalent of 47,000 homes.

In less than five years the wind farm has delivered over £1.1 million to over 100 local groups and initiatives via the Community Benefit Fund.

We would like to share our plans and hear your views before an application is submitted to the Scottish Government.

We hope to use this website to continue the conversation as we finalise the design. Please ask us a question or phone our project hotline: 0800 772 0668.




Welcome to our project website.

We would like to tell you more about the project and ourselves. This website will be kept updated over the development period to keep you informed and hear your views and ideas.

There is potential to add an additional 9 turbines next to the existing Berry Burn Wind Farm, located eight miles south of Forres in Moray. The wind farm is operated and majority owned by Statkraft and has been operating since 2014. It is made up of 29 turbines, and in a typical year provides power for the equivalent of 47,000 homes.

In less than five years the wind farm has delivered over £1.1 million to over 100 local groups and initiatives via the Community Benefit Fund.

We would like to share our plans and hear your views before an application is submitted to the Scottish Government.

We hope to use this website to continue the conversation as we finalise the design. Please ask us a question or phone our project hotline: 0800 772 0668.



  • Statkraft and GE join forces on world-leading Moray project

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    3 days ago

    Statkraft is a leading company in the renewables sector, including hydro, wind and solar generation. With an increasing amount of renewable electricity being generated, we've been working hard to create solutions that help the operators of the GB Grid network deliver more renewables without the need for fossil fuel backup.

    Our world-leading Greener Grid parks will increase the capacity of the grid to deliver more renewable energy, and we couldn't think of a better place to build our first project than in Scotland, a country with world-leading zero emissions targets.

    The £20m project is located in Keith, and will take...

    Statkraft is a leading company in the renewables sector, including hydro, wind and solar generation. With an increasing amount of renewable electricity being generated, we've been working hard to create solutions that help the operators of the GB Grid network deliver more renewables without the need for fossil fuel backup.

    Our world-leading Greener Grid parks will increase the capacity of the grid to deliver more renewable energy, and we couldn't think of a better place to build our first project than in Scotland, a country with world-leading zero emissions targets.

    The £20m project is located in Keith, and will take approximately one year to build. To find out more, read our press release, and this article in The Guardian.

  • Residents receive Project Update

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    3 days ago

    Over 480 households nearest the site have received a newsletter this week to provide an update on the project. The newsletter includes information on Statkraft's world-leading grid project announced in Moray, and an update on the site recovery after the wildfires.
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    Over 480 households nearest the site have received a newsletter this week to provide an update on the project. The newsletter includes information on Statkraft's world-leading grid project announced in Moray, and an update on the site recovery after the wildfires.
    View the newsletter

  • New Defibrillator for Moray

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    about 1 month ago


    A new life-saving defibrillator for Moray will be available to the public for at least five years after a local fundraising organisation received money to install the equipment and train operators.

    The machine will be installed for community use at the Logie Steading visitor centre, at Dunphail, near Forres, by Defibs for Moray.

    The defibrillator organisation was set up by dentist Ken Glass who was brought back to life after his heart stopped beating for 20 minutes when he suffered a cardiac arrest in 2017.

    Mr Glass was on his way to hospital in Elgin after suffering a concussion while...


    A new life-saving defibrillator for Moray will be available to the public for at least five years after a local fundraising organisation received money to install the equipment and train operators.

    The machine will be installed for community use at the Logie Steading visitor centre, at Dunphail, near Forres, by Defibs for Moray.

    The defibrillator organisation was set up by dentist Ken Glass who was brought back to life after his heart stopped beating for 20 minutes when he suffered a cardiac arrest in 2017.

    Mr Glass was on his way to hospital in Elgin after suffering a concussion while playing football in Findhorn when his heart stopped. Ambulance staff reached him within seven minutes and revived him with the help of a defibrillator.

    Mr Glass was back to work within six weeks and subsequently began raising money for public defibrillators across Moray. A few months later, the first device was installed at Forres swimming pool and more than 20 are now in public places in the area.

    Together with the charity, Keiran’s Legacy, Defibs for Moray also provide the equipment in every high school in Moray. In addition, Mr Glass delivers presentations to villages on funding available to buy their own devices.

    Defibs for Moray secured funding for a defibrillator from wind farm operator Statkraft in response to the devastating wildfires that swept across moorland south of Forres, and through the company’s Berry Burn Wind Farm, last year.

    Statkraft wanted to contribute to the emergency response provision in the area as a way of thanking professionals and volunteers for their work and bravery in fighting the outbreaks.

    After discussions with contacts in the local community, it was decided a new defibrillator would be a welcome and appropriate donation. Statkraft has provided £2,750 to fund installing the equipment and maintenance for five years, as well as provide training to staff.

    Mr Glass said: “This donation from Statkraft is extremely generous and very welcome. It will allow us to install a new defibrillator and keep it in place for at least five years.

    “Crucially, it will also allow us to train people in its use. One of the most important parts of installing a defibrillator is raising public awareness on how to use them. We want to take away the fear factor about using defibrillators and encourage more people to take CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) classes and help save lives.

    “Without the availability of a defibrillator and quality CPR I would have died.”

    Dennis Geyermann, vice president of UK Operations at Statkraft, said: “The wild fires were devastating for parts of Moray, including the Berry Burn Wind Farm, but they highlighted the bravery of our emergency services and local volunteers who worked so tirelessly in response.

    “We wanted to thank those involved, but also do something positive in return. After much discussion, it was felt that providing a defibrillator was an appropriate addition to the emergency infrastructure. It will undoubtedly be a valuable community asset that could save lives.”

    The Berry Burn Wind Farm has been operational since 2014 and shut down temporarily during the fires, but site surveys showed no damage to the wind turbines. Statkraft is currently proposing a modest extension of nine turbines to the east of the wind farm.

  • Statkraft Project Manager Finalist for Prestigious Award

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    about 1 month ago

    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 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 makes 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.

  • Wind Farm emergency funding allocated

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    2 months ago

    We're pleased to see that the Berry Burn Wind Farm Community fund has allocated an emergency fund of £6000 to help community and voluntary organisations in the area, in these particularly trying times of pandemic.

    People and groups from the Dyke Landward, Finderne, Forres, Heldon, Speyside, plus Findhorn and Kinloss, are eligible to apply.

    A spokesperson for the fund said: "This is short term emergency funding. We envisage most grants will be for a few hundred pounds. However, there is no maximum size."

    Guidelines and an application form can be found at www.berryburncommunityfund.co.uk

    We're pleased to see that the Berry Burn Wind Farm Community fund has allocated an emergency fund of £6000 to help community and voluntary organisations in the area, in these particularly trying times of pandemic.

    People and groups from the Dyke Landward, Finderne, Forres, Heldon, Speyside, plus Findhorn and Kinloss, are eligible to apply.

    A spokesperson for the fund said: "This is short term emergency funding. We envisage most grants will be for a few hundred pounds. However, there is no maximum size."

    Guidelines and an application form can be found at www.berryburncommunityfund.co.uk

  • Ecology Workshop Minutes Published

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    by hollieivy, 2 months ago

    In response to interest in the ecology of this site at our exhibitions, we were pleased to arrange a workshop which offered the opportunity to sit down with our ecologist and look at the work that has been done so far in more detail. We would like to thank those attended, and for their valuable contributions. For those that weren't able to attend, we are sure the workshop minutes will be of interest.

    We are pleased to publish the minutes of our ecology workshop after independent verification. If you would like to know more about our ecology work please contact...

    In response to interest in the ecology of this site at our exhibitions, we were pleased to arrange a workshop which offered the opportunity to sit down with our ecologist and look at the work that has been done so far in more detail. We would like to thank those attended, and for their valuable contributions. For those that weren't able to attend, we are sure the workshop minutes will be of interest.

    We are pleased to publish the minutes of our ecology workshop after independent verification. If you would like to know more about our ecology work please contact us, we would be happy to arrange a time to talk about this aspect of the project in more detail.

  • Assessing Community Feedback from Second Round of Public Exhibitions

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    by hollieivy, about 2 months ago


    As we look towards presenting our final plans to the public before submitting an application, we revisited feedback received during our community engagement events in November 2019

    During the exhibitions, key points of information we delivered included:

    • Reducing the scheme from the original proposal of 10 turbines down to 9
    • Increasing distance to nearest turbine from Dallas (now 6km)
    • Retaining tip height of just under 150m which avoids aviation lighting
    • How the project can deliver a biodiversity gain
    • Impacts of the wildfire and fire prevention measures

    You can download the report here. We would like to thank the various people...


    As we look towards presenting our final plans to the public before submitting an application, we revisited feedback received during our community engagement events in November 2019

    During the exhibitions, key points of information we delivered included:

    • Reducing the scheme from the original proposal of 10 turbines down to 9
    • Increasing distance to nearest turbine from Dallas (now 6km)
    • Retaining tip height of just under 150m which avoids aviation lighting
    • How the project can deliver a biodiversity gain
    • Impacts of the wildfire and fire prevention measures

    You can download the report here. We would like to thank the various people from the community who participated, and the hall organisers of the venues at Edinkillie, Dallas, Rafford and Forres who kindly helped us in using their facilities.

    Our intention is to submit a Section 36 application to Scottish Government in Summer 2020, and we will provide further updates as the project progresses.


  • Targets Set To Reduce Emissions In Scotland By 75% In Just 10 Years

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    by hollieivy, 4 months ago

    The power sector continues to lead efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland, according to the latest report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

    In its 2019 report to Parliament, the committee, an independent body set up to advise the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets, said reductions must be made economy-wide to avoid missing those targets. Emissions fell by 3% in 2017, compared to a 10% drop the previous year.

    Scotland is committed to becoming a net-zero society by 2045 - five years ahead of the rest of the UK. It has set targets to reduce...

    The power sector continues to lead efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland, according to the latest report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

    In its 2019 report to Parliament, the committee, an independent body set up to advise the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets, said reductions must be made economy-wide to avoid missing those targets. Emissions fell by 3% in 2017, compared to a 10% drop the previous year.

    Scotland is committed to becoming a net-zero society by 2045 - five years ahead of the rest of the UK. It has set targets to reduce emissions by 56% by this year and by 75% by 2030. The CCC has warned the targets will be extremely challenging to meet and much more needs to be done to drive reductions.

    Statkraft aims to play its part in helping to achieve the aims with plans to invest £600 million on wind and solar projects in Scotland within the next five years.


  • Working To Net Zero Will See Nearly 50,000 Jobs Created In Scotland

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    by hollieivy, 4 months ago

    Low-carbon electricity generation, from sources including wind and solar power, must increase by around 50% in the next decade alone to meet net zero targets.

    The warning comes from the National Grid which also highlights the need to install low-carbon heating systems in 2.8 million homes and 60,000 charging points for electric vehicles over the next ten years. At the same time, carbon capture usage and storage technology and hydrogen networks will need to be developed.

    In its report, Building the Net Zero Energy Workforce(External link), it says properly skilled workers will be required to transform the energy network...

    Low-carbon electricity generation, from sources including wind and solar power, must increase by around 50% in the next decade alone to meet net zero targets.

    The warning comes from the National Grid which also highlights the need to install low-carbon heating systems in 2.8 million homes and 60,000 charging points for electric vehicles over the next ten years. At the same time, carbon capture usage and storage technology and hydrogen networks will need to be developed.

    In its report, Building the Net Zero Energy Workforce(External link), it says properly skilled workers will be required to transform the energy network. In Scotland alone, 48,700 jobs will have to be created to reach the UK target of net zero by 2050 – although the Scottish target is five years earlier.

    Statkraft has an important role to play. Our commitment to invest £600 million in Scotland in the next five years will help reduce emissions and create new jobs.


  • Thank you to Finderne Community Council

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    by hollieivy, 5 months ago

    We'd like to thank the Finderne Community Council for welcoming us to their latest meeting last night (18th February, 2020).

    They kindly allowed us time to relate the key details of our public engagement throughout 2019. The relevant report on that activity which was spent listening to residents, businesses and communities is available to view in our project documents section.

    The questions were fair and interesting and we look forward to further discussions with Finderne and other community councils who have also been open to hearing of our proposal.

    We'd like to thank the Finderne Community Council for welcoming us to their latest meeting last night (18th February, 2020).

    They kindly allowed us time to relate the key details of our public engagement throughout 2019. The relevant report on that activity which was spent listening to residents, businesses and communities is available to view in our project documents section.

    The questions were fair and interesting and we look forward to further discussions with Finderne and other community councils who have also been open to hearing of our proposal.