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 four wind farm projects. 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. Statkraft is committed to their investment plans for Scotland.
To date, we have distributed over £1.6 million to communities in Scotland near our operational wind farms through the Community Benefit Funds.
Read more at www.statkraft.co.uk
Does Statkraft have any other projects in Scotland?
In addition to Car Duibh we are also progressing several wind farms through the development process with the aim of submitting to planning in due course. You can find out about these here.
We are following Scottish Government advice and industry guidance due to COVID-19 in all activities relating to development, construction and operations.
About Car Duibh
Where is the site located?
The site is located in Argyll and Bute with Inveraray the nearest town. While the site boundary is 1km west of Inveraray and 2.5km east of Dalavich, the nearest turbine in the Scoping layout is approximately 6km to the north west of Inveraray and 4.5km to the east of Dalavich.
How many turbines are being proposed?
Based on what we know about the Car Duibh site at the moment we have submitted a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government to consider the potential for up to 26 turbines.
The project may reduce in size as our environmental studies for the site progress and we received feedback from Statutory consultees and communities.
How tall will the turbines be?
The proposals are for turbines up to 200m to tip.
Initial site assessments have led us to the conclusion that the site can accommodate this scale of wind turbine.
However, during the consultation and development process further baseline information will be collected and assessed to better understand if the site can accommodate this scale of turbine.
What are the next steps?
Following consultation on the Scoping Report (May 2021), we will take into account feedback from the community and consultees to help finalise the design of the project.
Before the Summer 2021 and later in the year, we will hold exhibitions which will provide an opportunity for the community and members of the general public to view and comment upon the proposals for Car Duibh Wind farm.
We will then look to submit a Section 36 application, giving the community a formal opportunity to comment on the plans as part of the statutory consultation process.
Find out more about the project timeline for Car Duibh.
What else will there be apart from the turbines?
Should the proposal be submitted to planning, the application will also seek consent for the necessary infrastructure and other requirements for the project. This will include, tracks, a substation, laydown areas, a compound, site entrance, habitat management areas and other ancillary infrastructure.
Full details will be made available in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report which is submitted along with any Application for planning.
Will the project include battery storage?
Statkraft is at the forefront of battery and grid stability projects, which are increasingly vital as the amount of renewable energy generation in the UK increases.
Statkraft is assessing the potential for storage at this site, which could be included in the wind farm planning application, or progressed via a separate application.
What is the lifespan of the project?
The project duration is likely to be between 35 - 40 years. After this time, the wind farm will either be decommissioned, have its life extended or re-powered. A bond is put in place before construction starts and that bond is used to decommission the project at the end of its lifetime.
Has a wind farm been proposed on this site before?
A substantial part of the proposed development site was the subject of the Ardchonnel Wind Farm being developed by RWE Innogy. Where relevant, findings of the previous application have been, and will continue to be taken into account.
This is a new and separate application with no involvement from RWE Innogy.
Local Benefits & Investment
Will there be a community benefit 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. In addition to community benefit, if consented, and there is interest within the community, we can explore a community investment opportunity.
We also look for other ways our projects can bring meaningful benefits to the community such as offering shared ownership, the potential for improved access to broadband (External link), and using local suppliers.
How would a community benefit fund be administered?
We will follow the Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits and have no strong preference how a fund is administered - we want the community to help decide how best a fund is administered for the local area.
We would like to hear the views of the community on all aspects of how a fund can bring meaningful benefits locally. Please fill in the feedback form if you would like to share your ideas regarding initiatives for community benefit funding.
Can the wind farm bring broadband improvements?
We are often asked by people if we can help deliver faster broadband, or even get them connected in the first place.
We need high quality broadband to operate our wind farms, including for Car Duibh Wind Farm if it is given the go ahead. As we require broadband, we have committed to explore whether it can also help benefit the local and wider community as well. We believe we are the only developer to commit to funding a feasibility study to look into the potential for fibre and wireless line of sight broadband for all our wind farm projects.
Will you offer shared ownership of the project?
We are committed to offering shared ownership of the wind farm and are happy to follow this up should there be interest within the community to explore this further.
We work with Local Energy Scotland to explore community ownership opportunities and we can arrange separate meetings with them if there is interest.
Will you use local suppliers?
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.
Construction & Transport
When would the wind farm be built?
If the project is consented, we have a proposed grid connection date in 2026 and we would expect construction to commence in 2025.
What's the transport route of the turbine parts & Traffic Management Plan?
The proposed Port of Entry (POE) is Campbeltown, which is judged to be the closest suitable port to site.
This route has been used previously for other wind farm deliveries like An Suidhe and Garraig Gheal Wind Farms the majority of works on the A83 are already in place for component delivery. Therefore, at this stage we believe this is the best route to minimise disruption.
If consented, a Traffic Management Plan would be agreed in advance for the turbine deliveries. There will also be a Traffic Management Plan in place for the construction traffic associated with the site.
Will trees need to be felled?
The proposed wind farm is situated in upland moorland and no trees are present on site. If the project is consented, some tree felling may be required to facilitate the delivery of wind farm infrastructure, but we will seek to minimise any 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.
Consultation & Engagement
How can I keep updated with project news?
If interested, whether a local resident or a business, you can register for updates on the project and we will contact you as we progress the plans. We follow all GDPR guidelines in relation to personal data and you can opt out at any time.
You can use the contact details provided if you would like to chat directly with one of the Statkraft team on Car Duibh.
What is the impact of Covid-19 on the consultation process?
We are following Scottish Government guidance in relation to Covid-19. The Scottish Government has made it clear that investment should continue where possible, but that this should not be at the expense of community consultation and engagement. This virtual exhibition replaces a traditional public exhibition event held in a village hall and it is our aim that our consultation activities make our plans more accessible than before.
We like to meet with local residents and community representatives early in the planning process. Face to face meetings have not been possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic so we have been offering and taking part in virtual meetings with Community Councils to introduce ourselves and our plans.
What opportunities will there be to engage in the future?
Following this scoping stage, we will evaluate all feedback and will use it to help refine our proposal.
We can still answer questions and receive feedback after the scoping period and where we can we will do our best to incorporate it. However, the closer the Development gets towards Public Exhibitions or planning submission it may mean that there isn't sufficient time to consider your comments before the plans are finalised. We therefore encourage you to provide your feedback early.
We hope to submit a Section 36 application (to the Scottish Government) later in December 2021. There is an opportunity to provide a formal representation to the Scottish Government - we will keep our project website updated with news on how to do this.
I have a question not answered here...
On this page you can ask a question and one of the team will respond as soon as possible.
We will also have several live Q&A sessions as part of our public exhibitions later in the year and you will be able to able to ask questions directly to the team then. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the project now please use the request a 'Call back' form.
We encourage everyone who visits this site to provide feedback and comment.
For those who are unable to access our website, they can address their letter to 'Statkraft Freepost' (no stamp required) and it will make it to our team who can respond with an answer. Alternatively, they can phone us on 0800 772 0668 (local call rate applies).
We would welcome the chance to meet local residents face-to-face when it is safe to do so.