About The Developer

    Who are Statkraft?

    Statkraft is Europe's largest generator of renewable energy, and operate and majority own the existing Berry Burn Wind Farm.  

    Over the last 10 years, Statkraft have 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. Read more at www.statkraft.co.uk

    In August 2019, Statkraft completed an acquisition agreement with Airvolution, bringing the entire development team in-house to Statkraft.

    To find out more about the existing community fund for Berry Burn Wind Farm, visit www.berryburncommunityfund.co.uk

    Who are Airvolution?

    Airvolution completed an acquisition agreement with Statkraft in August 2019, bringing all of the team in house.  Prior to this, the Airvolution had been developing onshore wind farm projects since 2010, and had built eleven wind farm projects. Since 2017 Airvolution had been working exclusively with Statkraft on development sites in Scotland.

    Does Statkraft have any other projects in the area?

    Our first wind farm in the UK has been operational since 2009. Statkraft majority own and operate the Berry Burn Wind Farm, Baillie Wind Farm (near Thurso) and Andershaw Wind Farm (South Lanarkshire).  See our website for all our projects in development and operation.

Project Overview And Timeline

    How did you find this site?

    We are continually searching for suitable wind farm sites across Scotland; part of this search included looking at our existing sites to add extensions to these.  Indeed, Scottish Government policy points developers towards extending existing sites. 

    Is this near the Clash Gour project ?

    Our project is a different proposal to Clash Gour.  That project is nearby, and is being proposed by Force 9 Energy & EDF.   Ours is a smaller project, for 9 turbines.  See map of site layout

    Where exactly will the turbines go?

    The dots on the map here show a proposed layout located to the east of the existing Berry Burn Wind Farm. The original scheme proposed 10 turbines and that has been reduced to nine as more studies were completed.

    How tall will the turbines be?

    We are proposing a maximum of 150 metres to blade tip. This maximises the output of the turbines without the need to install aviation lighting.  We would be happy to discuss this with you. 

    If you have any questions about the project please register and use the “Any Questions?” tab on the Berry Burn Extension homepage.

    What else in the area stands as high?

    The best indicator for the height is to look at the Rothes2 wind turbines, which are up to 125m tall to blade tip. 

    The tallest turbines built in Scotland are Middle Muir in South Lanarkshire, consisting of 15 x turbines at 150 metres.

    Where are the nearest residential properties (non-involved)?

    The closest residential property to the extension is around 3km (almost 2 miles). There are fewer than 20 residential properties within 4km of the nearest turbine (operational or proposed). A revised turbine layout in November 2019 has removed a turbine to avoid an area of deep peat, and means the nearest turbine to Dallas is now over 6km away. 

    Is there a met mast on site?

    Yes, there is a met mast on the Berry Burn Wind Farm site measuring the performance of the operating turbines. 

    We may have to install a met mast on the extension site in the future but there are no plans to locate one on the extension site at the moment.

    Is this the final number of turbines, or will there be more in the future?

    At the moment the proposed plan shown at our exhibtion is is what we think is possible on this site.  

    Radars at Lossiemouth impact on the ability to place turbines on the north of the site. There may be a technological solution to this at some stage, but with no solution currently available we are not proposing turbines in that area.

    When will construction begin?

    There are various factors which mean we can't give an exact answer to this question. As a general guide it could be operating by 2023 if it is approved. 

    When will construction be completed?

    For a wind farm of this size, the construction period typically lasts 9-12 months.

Potential Impact

    Will the project be noisy?

    There are strict noise limits we have to adhere to, and monitoring takes place after construction to ensure the project stays within these limits. 

    We are working with Moray Council’s Environmental Health Section to agree how we will assess potential noise impacts. The results of all studies will be available to view when a planning application is submitted. 

    Will there be any impact on wildlife?

    Ongoing monitoring at Berry Burn Wind Farm provides extensive knowledge of the ecology although fires during the summer of 2019 resulted in some extra work being completed to assess the impact of this. Independent experts have completed surveys and we are working with Scottish Natural Heritage. We will need to demonstrate that significant impacts on protected or notable species and habitats will be avoided. Our aim is to deliver increased improvements and show a biodiversity gain. 

    What about traffic during construction?

    We are very aware of the need to minimise the impact on local residents during construction. It is likely that the same routes will be used as for the construction of Berry Burn Wind Farm.  Due to larger turbine components, certain sections of the route may require widening. 

    No commercial forestry will be removed that can also cause traffic disruption. The options are still being evaluated  - tell us your feedback.

    Will turbine lights be required?

    No. The turbines proposed will be less than 150m tall, therefore aviation lighting will not be required.

    How much electricity will this scheme generate?

    Our calculations on the final layout will be available shortly, but it is likely to be equivalent to the average annual consumption of over 30,000 homes. 

    Due to the rapid advances in turbine technology, nine additional turbines would produce significantly more electricity than the output of the existing turbines.

Local Benefits

    Will the wind farm create any local jobs?

    We have an onsite maintenance team based in Forres to manage Berry Burn already, however the biggest opportunity to bring local jobs is during the construction phase. 

     We think local suppliers nearest to our projects deserve to benefit first and foremost. Please contact us if you are a local company interested in being a supplier, or if you would like to suggest a company we could contact.

    We would like to hear your ideas as to how our project can foster economic enterprise.

    Will there be a community fund?

    Yes. We commit to a community benefit fund based on the Scottish Government recommended amount, which is £5,000 per MW installed. 

    The 29 wind turbines at Berry Burn Wind Farm currently generate over £170,000 to the Berry Burn Community Fund and some amazing projects and causes have already benefited from this. Visit www.berryburncommunityfund.co.uk for more information on the existing fund and how to apply.

    We look forward to hearing your ideas about how additional funding could be managed and allocated, you can let us know your ideas here.  

    How can I find out more about the existing Berry Burn Community Fund?

    Since the Berry Burn Wind Farm started operating in 2014, the Fund has distributed almost £860,000 to more than 100 local groups, projects and initiatives.  Communities are invited to apply for funding, and funding awards are made three times a year.  More information can be found at www.berryburncommunityfund.co.uk

Consulting The Community

    How are the exhibitions advertised?

    We wanted to make sure that as many people as possible knew about our face to face engagement events. This included:

    • individually mailing homes within 10km with a project newsletter 
    • public notices in the Northern Scot, Aberdeen Press & Journal and Forres Gazette
    • digital advertising on local media 
    • posters for Community Council noticeboards
    • posters to community and commercial premises within a 15km radius
    • meetings with local stakeholders to discuss our engagement activity
    More than 60 people were able to make it to one of our public events in March 2019. If would like to find out more information, however, please register, and contact us with your questions or comments.

    What was on display at the exhibition?

    You can see all public materials on the project documents page.