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.
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.
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.
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 successfully delivered a fresh round of public exhibitions for our proposal to extend Berry Burn Wind Farm at the end of November. This included the news that our application will now be for nine turbines, not ten.
The turbine that was removed avoids an area of deep peat, and means the nearest turbine to Dallas is now over 6km away.
Thank you to everyone who attended and provided their feedback at our events in Edinkillie, Dallas, Rafford and Forres. We would also like to thank the organisers of the facilities we used for their kind help.
As part of our exhibitions we held three specialist sessions to reflect local interest shown in ecology, shared ownership, and improved broadband. These were well attended and were successful in providing those with a particular interest in these areas to have an in-depth conversation with industry experts.
Did you miss our events? You can download our brochure here.
If you have any questions about our proposal, please contact us.
Following our exhibitions in March, we will be hosting another series of events between 21 - 23 November 2019 to present our updated plans and show how the project has evolved before an application is submitted to the Scottish Government.
Ten turbines were initially proposed for the extension but, after extensive site studies and community liaison, the project has been adjusted to a maximum of nine turbines, up to 150 metres in height to blade tip.
This week nearly 400 residents will receive an invitation to attend the events. Due to the local interest shown in ecology, shared ownership and potential for improved broadband we are pleased to offer an opportunity for residents to attend sessions with industry experts on those topics over the three days. View the Resident Invitation.
Thursday, 21 November 2019
Edinkillie Community Hall 11am-3pm
Dallas Houldsworth Institute 4.30pm-8.30pm
Friday, 22 November 2019
Rafford Village Hall, Rafford, Forres 2pm-6pm
Saturday, 23 November 2019
Forres Town Hall, 11am – 3pm
The Statkraft team will be able to discuss all aspects of the project throughout the exhibition. Industry experts will be available at the following sessions:
Shared Ownership, with Local Energy Scotland:
Drop in between 11am – 12pm, Thursday 21 November, Edinkillie Community Hall
Broadband with MonsterNet:
Drop in between 2pm – 4pm, Friday 22 November, Rafford Village Hall
Ecology Workshop, with Avian Ecology:
Find out about our work towards delivering a biodiversity gain.
A one hour session from 10-11am, Saturday 23 November, Forres Town Hall
We are keen to share our revised proposals and how they can maximise the benefits for the community as well as for our environment with little visual impact.
We hope to see you there.
A newsletter has been delivered to households within 10km of the Berry Burn Wind Farm to update residents on different aspects of the development. View the Berry Burn Newsletter.
We are proud to be associated with this fantastic community event, held in Grant Park in Forres, several miles north of the Berry Burn Wind Farm. This year’s Games take place on Saturday 6 July from 11.30am and whilst strong winds are good for business, our fingers are crossed for a gentle breeze today!
In previous years the Games has benefitted from investment from Statkraft’s Berry Burn Community Fund to improve its stage marquee for Highland Dancers.
This year we are pleased to be sponsoring the 800m Junior Cycle at this year’s Games and wish all participants the very best of luck! www.forreshighlandgames.com
We were pleased to meet over 60 residents from the surrounding area at our public exhibitions to talk about the proposed extension. Thank you to all those who attended.
Public exhibitions took place across three days at Edinkillie Community Hall, Rafford Village Hall, Knockando Margach Hall and Forres between 21-23 March.
We hope that those who attended found the information on display useful and we encourage as many people as possible to tell us their views about our emerging plans to extend Berry Burn Wind Farm.
If you couldn't make it, view the project brochure, or contact us to be sent a copy by post.
Proposals for an extension to an existing wind farm south of Forres are set to be presented to local residents.
Airvolution Clean Energy Limited, in partnership with Statkraft, majority owners of the Berry Burn Wind Farm, are investigating the potential to add ten wind turbines to the east of the existing wind farm. The company is inviting local residents to find out more about the project and the benefits it could bring at a series of public exhibtions being held between 21 - 23 March 2019 at local venues.
The company estimates that the site is suitable for a maximum of ten new wind turbines, up to 150 metres in height to blade tip. In addition to generating a significant amount of clean, renewable electricity, the wind turbines would also enhance the benefits the existing wind farm brings to the local community. Airvolution and Statkraft have committed to a community benefit fund of £5,000 per MW installed on this project. Based on ten 3.5MW turbines, this would amount to £175,000 per year for local causes such as investment in young people, community groups, connectivity and local infrastructure. This equates to over £4.3 million over the 25 year lifetime of the project.
"We are very keen to meet the local community and hear their views on the project, and how we can maximise the benefits for the community as well as for our environment." said Alison Hood, Head of Communications at Airvolution.
Mícheál Ó Broín, Senior Project Manager at Airvolution said "Turbine technology has progressed leaps and bounds since the first turbines were installed in 2014. We estimate adding only around a third more turbines to the scheme would increase the output by more than half - not to mention a doubling of the existing community fund".
The exhibitions take place in Edinkillie, Rafford, Knockando and Forres between 21-23 March. See the project leaflet for more information.