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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, Monday 14 June 2021, marks the start of the Car Duibh Wind Farm online exhibition.
The online exhibition will run until the 2 July 2021 and includes:
- An information brochure with details on the proposal (similar to information boards at a traditional village hall exhibition)
- A video presentation from the project team
- Frequently Asked Questions
- An opportunity to join live Q&A online chat sessions with the project team.
Over 1,400 residents and local businesses have been sent an invitation to the online exhibition. The invite includes a feedback form, which can be returned to us freepost, making sure as many local residents have an opportunity to send us their comments and views on the proposal. The event has also been published in the Argyllshire Advertiser and The Oban Times.
The live Q&A sessions will take place on the following dates
- Wednesday 23 June, 11am - 1pm & 5pm - 7pm
- Monday 28 June, 11am - 1pm & 5pm - 7pm
- Friday 2 July, 11am - 1pm
Scott Vallance, Senior Project Manager, said:
“The project is in the very early stages of development. The current layout is subject to change as we complete our environmental studies and we receive feedback from statutory consultees and from local communities. We welcome all comments, questions and feedback as we continue to shape our plans and the project progresses.
"We are keen to bring a range of benefits to the area and would encourage all local business to registers as a supplier on our website. We look forward to working with local residents to help shape the project in terms of the community benefit fund and the offer of shared ownership".
Statkraft will hold a further public exhibition event for Car Duibh Wind Farm later in 2021.
We are pleased to have submitted a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government to progress our plans for Car Duibh Wind Farm, with the nearest proposed turbine located approximately 6km North West of Inveraray and 4.5km to the east of Dalavich in Argyll and Bute. The proposals are at an early stage and the Scoping Request to the Scottish Government seeks to continue our investigations and receive early feedback from the local community and consultees.
Recent discussions have taken place with the Energy Consents Unit, who confirmed capacity to take forward the application, and we are following Scottish Government advice throughout all of our work in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. We understand that there are more important matters due to the current health emergency but we are continuing where possible, our daily working activity to assist the green recovery in Scotland.
At this early stage in the design process we think there is potential for up to 26 turbines, up to 200m high to tip and exceeding 50MW. The proposal may reduce in scale as feedback is received from the local community, statutory consultees and as our environmental consultants progress their studies.
The Car Duibh proposal is located on the site of the previously proposed Ardchonnel Wind Farm developed by RWE. RWE has no involvement with this entirely new scheme being developed by Statkraft.
We are enthusiastic about bringing meaningful benefits to local communities. We believe we are the only wind farm developer that has pledged to commission feasibility studies to assess the potential to bring improved access to broadband as part of our projects.
Despite this project being subsidy free, we are committed to delivering £5,000 per MW per year of installed capacity in community benefit funding should the project be consented. In addition, if there is interest within the community, we can explore a community investment opportunity too - this is separate to the community benefit fund.
We have a history of engaging with the community and despite face-to-face meetings not being possible at the moment, we have confidence and experience that this can be done online. Since March 2020, we have adapted to hosted online exhibitions and met with community groups over teams and zoom to progress other projects and gather community views.
We welcome the opportunity to speak with local residents and community groups by phone or video call to outline our proposals in more detail, introduce some of the team and receive any early feedback.
Please register for project updates or contact us with your questions or comments.