An Càrr Dubh Wind Farm

Welcome to our dedicated website for An Càrr Dubh Wind Farm*

We have created this website earlier than usual in our engagement process, to provide a way for the public to easily access information and contact us when we have been unable to be present in the community.

We held our first online exhibition for the project over June and July 2021. We presented information about how our proposals had changed since submitting scoping and gave you the opportunity to provide your views on the project in a number of ways, including through online and offline feedback forms.

The second exhibition for the proposal was held from 1 November to 21 November to update you on the current proposals ahead of submitting an application to the Scottish Government in 2022.

26 turbines were initially proposed for the site and with a turbine tip height of 200m, following site studies and community feedback the proposal has reduced in scale. The current proposal is for 21 turbines with turbine tip heights of up to 180m. We wish to thank the members of the local community who took the time to provide feedback since we first introduced our proposals.

We are following all Scottish Government advice in relation to Covid-19 as we progress our plans. With restrictions easing we were pleased to have been able to hold local drop in sessions over the 9,10 and 11 November in Ford, Dalavich and Inveraray, during the second public exhibition period.

You are still able to provide your views, as we have set up this website to continue a conversation with the local community as the project progresses - please fill in the feedback form, ask us a question or request a call back . You can also take the opportunity to find out more about our development team and Statkraft in the UK.

* The project was originally called Car Duibh Wind Farm. We have renamed the wind farm, following local feedback and further advice, to both accurately reflect local Gaelic and the wind farm location. Find out more here.


Welcome to our dedicated website for An Càrr Dubh Wind Farm*

We have created this website earlier than usual in our engagement process, to provide a way for the public to easily access information and contact us when we have been unable to be present in the community.

We held our first online exhibition for the project over June and July 2021. We presented information about how our proposals had changed since submitting scoping and gave you the opportunity to provide your views on the project in a number of ways, including through online and offline feedback forms.

The second exhibition for the proposal was held from 1 November to 21 November to update you on the current proposals ahead of submitting an application to the Scottish Government in 2022.

26 turbines were initially proposed for the site and with a turbine tip height of 200m, following site studies and community feedback the proposal has reduced in scale. The current proposal is for 21 turbines with turbine tip heights of up to 180m. We wish to thank the members of the local community who took the time to provide feedback since we first introduced our proposals.

We are following all Scottish Government advice in relation to Covid-19 as we progress our plans. With restrictions easing we were pleased to have been able to hold local drop in sessions over the 9,10 and 11 November in Ford, Dalavich and Inveraray, during the second public exhibition period.

You are still able to provide your views, as we have set up this website to continue a conversation with the local community as the project progresses - please fill in the feedback form, ask us a question or request a call back . You can also take the opportunity to find out more about our development team and Statkraft in the UK.

* The project was originally called Car Duibh Wind Farm. We have renamed the wind farm, following local feedback and further advice, to both accurately reflect local Gaelic and the wind farm location. Find out more here.


  • 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.

  • Drop-in Sessions – A Thank You

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    The An Càrr Dubh Wind Farm project team wishes to thank everyone who took the time to attend the drop-in sessions on the 9, 10 and 11 of November in Ford, Dalavich and Inveraray.

    During the drop-in sessions the team met with local residents to discuss the project and answer their queries. Attendees were also able to view an animation of the proposal which gave an indication of how the current project may look within the area. Over 30 people attended across the 3 days and it was great to be able to hear local views about the proposal in-person. The project team are now following up on any questions raised.

    Scott Vallance, Senior Project Manager said: ‘It was great to be able to hold drop-in events to meet local people and share how our plans for An Càrr Dubh have progressed since the first exhibition in June and July this year’.

    Ciaran Black, Project Developer added: ‘We appreciate that not everyone would have been able to attend the events or access the online consultation material, so we have written to over 1,400 local homes and businesses with a freepost reply card so that they can view the project information and provide feedback offline’.

    The exhibition period is running until the 21 November so there is still time to let us know your thoughts. You can do this by attending our online chat session on 19 November between 12 - 2pm or by submitting an online feedback form.


  • Public Exhibition Goes Live

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    The second Public Exhibition for An Càrr Dubh Wind Farm opened on 1 November 2021.

    The second pubic exhibition for An Càrr Dubh will run from 1 to 21 November 2021. There are a number of ways to attend or take part. Members of the Project Team are looking forward to meeting the local community to hear your views on the current proposal.

    26 turbines were initially proposed for the site and with a turbine tip height of 200m, following site studies and community feedback, the proposal is now for 21 turbines with turbine tip heights of up to 180m. We wish to thank the members of the local community who took the time to provide feedback since we first introduced our proposals.

    Scott Vallance, Senior Project Manager, said: 'With Covid-19 restrictions easing we are pleased to be hosting three local in person drop in session events within the community. We wish to thank stakeholders and members of the public for their feedback on the project to date. In addition to the project specific feedback that has helped shape the project, it is clear from the responses that there is interest in improving broadband within the community and finding out more about shared ownership. We look forward to engaging with the community at the three events and as the project progresses.'

    To help manage Covid-19 risks we would ask those wishing to attend a drop in session to register in advance. You can do thise on the project website from the 1 November 2021.The drop in session events will be held on:

    Tuesday, 9 November 2021 – Ford Village Hall, Ford. 2pm – 7pm.

    Wednesday, 10 November 2021 – Dalavich Community Centre, Dalavich. 2pm – 7pm.

    Thursday, 11 November 2021 – Loch Fyne Hotel, Inveraray, 2pm – 7pm.

    The exhibition drop in sessions have been advertised in the Argyllshire Advertiser, Oban Times (28 and 29 October) and we have also be sent out invitations to all households and businesses surrounding the proposed site. The mailing is expected to land from 1 November 2021.

    The virtual exhibition site is now live and you can now view all the material you would expect to see at a traditional village hall event. You can also join us at an online live consultation event on 19 November, 12pm - 2pm to ask us any questions you may have about the proposed development.

  • Invitation To Public Exhibitions - November 2021

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    We are looking forward to holding a second public exhibition for An Càrr Dubh Wind Farm in November 2021.

    The exhibition will run from 1 November - 21 November and there are a number of ways to attend or take part.

    With Covid-19 restrictions easing we are pleased to be hosting three local in person drop in session events.

    The drop in session events will be held on:

    Tuesday, 9 November 2021 – Ford Village Hall, Ford. 2pm – 7pm.

    Wednesday, 10 November 2021 – Dalavich Community Centre, Dalavich. 2pm – 7pm.

    Thursday, 11 November 2021 – Loch Fyne Hotel, Inveraray, 2pm – 7pm.

    To manage Covid-19 risks we would ask those wishing to attend to register in advance on the project website from the 1 November 2021.

    The exhibition drop in sessions are being advertised in the Argyllshire Advertiser, Oban Times (28 and 29 October) and we will also be send out invitations to all households and businesses surrounding the proposed site. The mailing is expected to land from 1 November 2021.

    The virtual exhibition site will go live on 1 November - 21 November 2021 when all the exhibition material will be available to view. You can also join us at at online live consultation event on 19 November, 12pm - 2pm to ask us any questions you may have about the proposed development.

    26 turbines were initially proposed for the site and with a turbine tip height of 200m, following site studies and community feedback, the proposal is now for 21 turbines with turbine tip heights of up to 180m. We wish to thank the members of the local community who took the time to provide feedback since we first introduced our proposals and look forward to your continued feedback, through the feedback forms or at the drop in sessions above.


  • Name Changing To An Càrr Dubh Wind Farm

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    The Gaelic spelling of the project name (Car Duibh) was raised with us during the first consultation. It is important to us that the name reflects the regional dialect in relation to Gaelic and the wind farm location. The wind farm will now be called An Càrr Dubh.

    The original Gaelic ‘càrr’ meaning bog or moss has been rendered as ‘Loch nan Car’ by the Ordnance Survey, which is where we originally selected ‘Car’ from for the name of the project. We have been further advised that if combining ‘car’ (bog or moss) and ‘dubh’ (black), the correct Gaelic would be ‘(An) Càrr Dubh’ (the double r differentiates from càr meaning automobile).

    The name change will go live on 28 October 2021. We will updated the website web address www.ancarrdubh.co.uk but all other contact details rename the same and anyone that visits the old website address will be redirected to the new address so we do not expect any issues with the updated name version.


  • Listening To Your Feedback

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    In June and July 2021 we held an online exhibition to share our plans for Car Duibh Wind Farm.

    We received valuable feedback from local residents and community groups and wish to thank everyone who contributed either through the feedback forms, the website, phone calls or via the online chat sessions. The feedback is being considered as the design for the wind farm develops. We have responded to all enquires and comments made where GDPR allows.

    We have now produced a short 'Consultation Report' to provide a summary of the online exhibition and the feedback we received as well as the next steps in our local engagement.

    One of the key areas of feedback was in relation to the proposed broadband feasibility study, with almost two-thirds of respondents interested in exploring improved broadband. We have now commissioned a feasibility study and we will share it with community councils when available.

    We will hold a further exhibition later in November 2021 which will include drop in sessions at local venues. We look forward to meeting local residents then and will provide more details for these events nearer the time.


  • Public Consultation - Thank you for your feedback

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    Thank you to residents and interested groups who provided feedback during the consultation period for our Car Duibh Wind Farm proposal. We will be considering all the feed back as we continue to shape and develop the project.

    We will be writing to all those who provided comments and those that requested to receive project updates over the coming weeks. Please note that anyone who returned one of our freepost reply cards and didn’t tick the ‘keep me updated’ box means we are unable to respond directly due to GDPR legislation.

    Later in the year we plan to hold a second exhibition to outline how we have taken into account comments and how the plans have developed. We will be writing to local residents again at this time.

    If you would like to provide feedback on the project please fill in a ‘Your Feedback’ form or receive project updates please register here.


  • Public Consultation - Thank you

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    Thank you to all residents and interested groups who took the time to visit our Car Duibh Wind Farm virtual exhibition between 14 June and 2 July 2021. The consultation brochure can be found here. Although the exhibition is now complete, we are still keen to hear from residents and groups views about our plans. Please provide your feedback from this first public exhibition by the 30 July 2021 and welcome the opportunity to hear from you. Your comments can help us shape our plans

    We will be responding to all feedback and we will hold a further exhibition event later in the year to outline how we have taken into account comments and how the plans have developed. Please note that anyone who returned one of our freepost reply cards and didn't tick the "keep me updated" box means we are unable to respond directly due to GDPR legislation. We will update our FAQ section to cover most of the issues raised, but if you have a question that isn't listed, please contact us.

    The live exhibition in June and July included live Q&A sessions, a ‘ring back’ service to allow members of the public to request a chat with our team at a time suitable to them, and the opportunity to leave comments and feedback online. We also sent out invitations and feedback postcards to over 1,400 households and businesses within c. 10km of the site.

    We appreciate all feedback and comments; all of this will help inform the final design of a project.


  • You're Invited: Find out more about 'Why here?' Webinar 29 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.

Page last updated: 26 January 2022, 09:45