Berry Burn Extension


Berry Burn Wind Farm has been operating since 2014, and consist of 29 turbines. In a typical year it generates electricity equivalent to the needs of 47,000 homes. To date the wind farm has delivered over £1.3 million to over 100 local groups and initiatives via the Community Benefit Fund.

An application was submitted to extend the existing wind farm by 9 turbines. All planning application documents for the proposed extension are available to view in the planning documents folder. In March 2021 the Moray Council Planning Committee voted not to object to the proposed extension. In December 2021 consent was received by the Ministers of the Scottish Government.

If you have any questions about the project please ask us a question.


Berry Burn Wind Farm has been operating since 2014, and consist of 29 turbines. In a typical year it generates electricity equivalent to the needs of 47,000 homes. To date the wind farm has delivered over £1.3 million to over 100 local groups and initiatives via the Community Benefit Fund.

An application was submitted to extend the existing wind farm by 9 turbines. All planning application documents for the proposed extension are available to view in the planning documents folder. In March 2021 the Moray Council Planning Committee voted not to object to the proposed extension. In December 2021 consent was received by the Ministers of the Scottish Government.

If you have any questions about the project please ask us a question.

  • Notice of Decision: BB2 Wind Farm Limited

    Below is a copy of the Notice of Decision published this week in the Forres Gazette, Northern Scot and Edinburgh Gazette.


    NOTICE OF DECISION


    BB2 Wind Farm Limited

    ELECTRICITY ACT 1989

    TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (SCOTLAND) ACT 1997

    THE ELECTRICITY WORKS (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2017

    As directed by regulation 23(4) of the Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) 2017, notice is hereby given that BB2 Wind Farm Limited (“the Company”) has been granted consent by Scottish Ministers to construct and operate a 9 turbine wind farm extension known as Berry Burn Wind Farm Extension, (with a ground to blade tip height of 149.9 metres), in lands 12km south of Forres on the Altyre Estate, in the relevant Planning Authority area of Moray Council.


    Scottish Ministers have also directed, under Section 57 (2) of the Town & Country Planning Act (Scotland) 1997, that planning permission is deemed to be granted.


    Copies of the decision statement and related documentation can be obtained on the Energy Consents website: www.energyconsents.scot


    Copies of the decision statement and related documentation have been made available to Moray Council to be made available for public inspection by being placed on the planning register.

  • Consent to extend Berry Burn Wind Farm

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    We have received confirmation from the Energy Consents Unit (ECU) that the Berry Burn Extension planning application has been approved.

    We would like to thank the many residents, stakeholders and community councils such as Heldon, Speyside and Finderne for their participation in the engagement process. Their honest feedback and guidance helped us to shape the project and improve it.

    Senior Project Manager, Mícheál Ó Broin, said:

    “We first started investigating the potential for an extension in early 2018. Almost four years from initial concept to consent may seem like a long time but is relatively quick for the UK market.

    “The project is a 9 turbine extension to the east of the operational 66.7MW Berry Burn Wind Farm which was developed by Statkraft and has been operating since 2014.

    “The feedback we received at the two community consultation events and on the ECU website demonstrated majority local support for the project and Moray Council voted not to object to our application when the Planning and Regulatory Services Committee met in April this year.

    “It has been a constructive and informative process and we are extremely pleased to have had such an inclusive process that has proven successful. There are still many tasks to complete as we go prepare for construction phase, but we will continue to keep the community involved and updated.”

    Jim Mountford, chair of Heldon Community Council said:

    “We were involved from the very first stage and every level of consultation was spot on. Statkraft is a company that you can trust. They do what they say they will do.”

    The earliest date for construction starting would be in 2023, and the wind farm could be operational around the end of 2024.

    Project recap:

    • 9 turbines
    • 149.9m tip height
    • 4.2MW to 4.8MW turbines under consideration (total 37.8 – 43.2MW)
    • community benefit fund at £5,000 per MW installed
    • Incorporating extensive habitat restoration and enhancements following wild fire in 2019, including restoring 57ha of fire-damaged blanket bog and planting 20ha of mixed native woodland
  • Statkraft releases latest annual Low Emissions Scenario report

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    For the sixth consecutive year, Statkraft have released its Low Emissions Scenario - an analysis of the energy world towards 2050.

    The Scenario covers the energy transition necessary to move towards a low emissions world.

    It finds that renewable energy and electrification are the main solutions to decarbonisation, with green hydrogen playing a key role in industry and heavy transport.

    Currently, the Earth’s temperature is 1.1 degrees warmer than it was during pre-industrial times, and we are already seeing the effects of climate change in the form of extreme heat, wildfires, and violent floods. The UN Climate Panel’s sixth report, released in August 2021, made us even more acutely aware of how a temperature increase of two, three and four degrees will have dramatic consequences for our planet. Two degrees is simply too much - we need to limit global warming to a level as far down towards 1.5 degrees as possible.

    As we face the challenge ahead, it is also important to look back and celebrate achievements:

    • Global sales of battery electric cars increased by 40%, even though total car sales fell in 2020.
    • 2020 had a record-high buildout of solar and wind power.
    • Green investments increased in 2020 despite the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Investment in renewable power was (7%) higher in 2020 than in 2019.

    We must work together to make strides to meet our climate targets which include making solar power the world’s largest power source as early as 2035, ensuring green hydrogen plays a key role in industry and heavy transport sector and using renewable energy and electrification as a main solution for decarbonisation.

    Read the full report on the Statkraft website.

  • Onshore Wind in Scotland will play pivotal role in meeting net-zero targets

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    A report has been published on how to maximise the economic benefits of clean power for consumers while ensuring that the UK reaches net zero emissions at the lowest cost.

    RenewableUK has published their Onshore Wind Industry Prospectus which shows that in order to meet the challenge of net-zero more is required across the UK. It is positive that renewable energy production has overtaken fossil fuels as the biggest source of UK power generation, with a quarter of that electricity coming from onshore wind. Renewables have delivered thousands of jobs across the UK, not least in Scotland, where it remains the nation’s biggest employer in low carbon power generation.

    The RenewableUK prospectus sets out an ambition for 30GW of onshore wind by 2030. To put this into context, the UK currently produces 8.4GW using onshore wind turbines, powering over 4.2 million homes. An increase of 12GW will require a change to the National Planning Framework and working closely across sectors and communities. It will ultimately bring the following benefits:

    • Cut UK household bills by £25 a year paying back £16.3bn to consumers and supporting the growth of low cost, green hydrogen production in the UK.
    • Boost a green recovery by adding £45bn to the UK economy.
    • Create 27,000 high quality jobs across development, supply chain and operations activity.
    • Deliver high levels of local content that support levelling-up every part of the UK.
    • Permanently cut carbon emissions 6m tonnes a year– equivalent to planting a forest the size of Northern Ireland or taking 1 million cars off the road.

    Onshore wind is already the largest clean energy employed in Scotland, supporting 8,800 jobs and contributing £2.2bn each year. However, having established itself as a world leader in onshore wind production, Scotland is expected to create a further 17,000 jobs and £27.8bn Gross Value Added (GVA) through renewable energy projects.

    You can read the prospectus here or on the RenewableUK website.

  • Local Suppliers urged to register their interest in Berry Burn Extension construction

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    As our planning application for the wind farm sits with the Scottish Government for review, we take this important time to reach out to local suppliers and communities to find meaningful ways to bring benefits to the local area. Should our planning application be accepted, we will need a variety of businesses to supply fuel, building materials, fencing and accommodation to name a few.

    In order to do this we have set up a Local Supplier Registration page where local businesses can register their interest to work on the project. We have been working closely with the Moray Chamber of Commerce to promote our Local Supplier Register and we are pleased to report that a good number of Moray companies, ranging from one-person businesses to larger employers, have registered. It means we can source local skills and products for our wind farm and other renewable energy projects in the area.

    Mícheál Ó Broin, Senior Project Manager said: “The Local Supplier Register is very important to us, not only to ensure that our funds are spend locally but to have companies close by when we need new kit and equipment is time saving on the project meaning we can complete the project faster. I urge all local businesses to register on our supplier database, whether you are a one-person company, a small to medium enterprise or larger".

    A success story from another project is Blargoans Limited who have worked with us on Baillie Wind Farm since its construction in 2011. Blargoans supply the wind farm with equipment and consumables so anything from portacabins to welfare units, to hand tools, power tools, portable toilets, computers, ink, and PPE. You can read about their working with us here.

    Gordon Sproat, a site manager at one of our Moray projects, said: “The Local Supplier Register is extremely useful. It is my first port of call for any services we require. Approximately 75% of our supplier business to date has come from companies on that register.”

    If the project is approved, the project will enter the pre-construction phase planning conditions are signed off by the local authority and procurement of the turbines and other contracts takes place. It is during this phase that the details of the community benefit fund is discussed with the community.

    We hope that using local suppliers and shaping the community fund will bring lasting benefits to the local area.

    If you have not registered as a supplier for the Berry Burn Extension project, you still have time. See our Suppliers Registration page for further information.

  • You're Invited: Find out more about 'Why here?' Webinar, 10am 29th June 2021 at 10am

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    One of the most common questions we are asked when developing our projects is 'Why here?".

    Statkraft's Head of Business and Project Development will help answer this question at a webinar on Tuesday, 29 June at 10am.

    During the webinar Richard Mardon will take us behind the scenes of the development process, with a step by step guide on the challenges faced in finding the best sites to maximise Scotland's excellent natural wind resource. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.

    Register, and find out more by clicking here.

    The event is being recorded and the link will be available shortly afterwards.

  • April update: additional wireframe and news ads

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    The Moray Council planning committee met in March 2021 and considered our application.

    The combined output of the proposed Berry Burn Wind Farm Extension and the operational Berry Burn Wind Farm is greater than 50MW. This means the proposed extension is considered to be a Section 36 application, not a planning application. This in turn requires that Scottish Ministers make the final decision on whether to grant consent to the extension or not. Moray Council is a consultee but not the final decision maker.

    However, the planning committee voted not to object to the proposal and now that decision on behalf of the Moray Council planning authority will be considered alongside other consultee responses, including those from bodies such as SEPA and NatureScot, before a final decision is made by Scottish Ministers.

    In response to a request from Moray Council we provided an additional wireframe (an outline of turbine visibility from a particular location) from the Cottage Road, near Knockanrioch, see the links below to view this information elsewhere on our website:

    This information was provided to the Moray Council Planning Department ahead of the Planning Committee meeting in March 2021 to aid their consideration of the application. As this information was not provided in the original Section 36 application it is necessary to advertise this new information and allow members of the public and other stakeholders to comment upon the new information provided.

    The advertisements are due to be published:

    1. On the project website – www.berryburn-extension.co.uk
    2. Edinburgh Gazette – one advert required (30th April)
    3. Forres Gazette – one advert required (28th April)
    4. Northern Scot – one advert required (30th April)

    These advertisements do not mean that the plans have changed since the submission of the application. The proposal is still for 9 wind turbines up to 149.9m in height.

  • Moray Council vote "No Objection"

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    On 23 March the Moray Council Planning and Regulatory Services Committee voted to Not Object to our proposed extension. We thank the Officers and Councillors for giving the application due consideration, and are pleased with their decision. We await the decision of Scottish Government who will be deciding whether the project can go ahead, hopefully later this year.

    We are excited about the potential of the project to not only generate significant amounts of clean energy, but also the proposed measures to enable a significant biodiversity gain.

    Scottish Government statistics were published last week showing that renewables met nearly 100% of Scotland’s electricity demand in 2020. This is great news - but there is still a long way to go, as only a quarter of Scottish energy consumption presently comes from renewables.


    More renewable projects are required to help decarbonise our heating and transport systems, and we hope that the Berry Burn Extension can play a part in delivering that.

  • Spring Newsletter Published

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    Our latest project update has just been published, and provides a summary of the feedback to date on the project application, as well as highlighting some of the latest projects to receive support from the Berry Burn Community Fund.

    If you have any questions about the operational wind farm, or the proposed extension, please contact us.

    Read the newsletter

  • Statkraft recognised at Highlands and Islands Renewable Awards

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    Our approach to the proposed extension to Berry Burn Wind Farm has been selected as a finalist in the Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards.

    The devastating wildfire of April 2019 required a new approach to restore and enhance the biodiversity of the site, and we're proud of what has been achieved both in terms of the project design and how we shared our plans with the community. You can read more about the wildfires in our July 2020 newsletter.

    The awards are part of the annual Highlands Renewable Energy Conference, taking place on 25 February. Find out more about the event and the awards at www.hnmedia.co.uk/renewable-energy-day


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