Knockcronal Wind Farm

Welcome to our dedicated website for Knockcronal Wind Farm.



Following thorough site surveys and two public consultation events undertaken in May and September 2021, we submitted Knockcronal Wind Farm’s planning application to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU) at the end of November 2021.

The planning application consists of 6 turbines up to 200 m blade tip height and 3 turbines up to 180 m blade tip height, with an expected installed capacity of approximately 59.4 MW. The planning application also seeks consent for energy storage opportunities onsite as well.

We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to provide their views on the proposal and help shape the project.

In light of the current Covid-19 restrictions the planning documents are available to view online. You can access the documents at the ECU's website under the application reference ECU00002181. We have also uploaded the documents on our project website.

This website will be kept updated to keep you informed of how the project progresses through the planning process.

Please complete the feedback form to share your views, or ask a question.

We are following all Scottish Government advice in relation to Covid-19 as we progress our plans.

For more detail about Knockcronal Wind Farm click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions.


Welcome to our dedicated website for Knockcronal Wind Farm.



Following thorough site surveys and two public consultation events undertaken in May and September 2021, we submitted Knockcronal Wind Farm’s planning application to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU) at the end of November 2021.

The planning application consists of 6 turbines up to 200 m blade tip height and 3 turbines up to 180 m blade tip height, with an expected installed capacity of approximately 59.4 MW. The planning application also seeks consent for energy storage opportunities onsite as well.

We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to provide their views on the proposal and help shape the project.

In light of the current Covid-19 restrictions the planning documents are available to view online. You can access the documents at the ECU's website under the application reference ECU00002181. We have also uploaded the documents on our project website.

This website will be kept updated to keep you informed of how the project progresses through the planning process.

Please complete the feedback form to share your views, or ask a question.

We are following all Scottish Government advice in relation to Covid-19 as we progress our plans.

For more detail about Knockcronal Wind Farm click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions.


  • South Ayrshire Council Provide Response to Knockcronal Wind Farm

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    Statkraft UK will review South Ayrshire Council’s response to the Knockcronal Wind Farm plans after the Council’s Regulatory Panel decided today (23 June) to raise an objection to the plans.

    Council Officers had recommended to councillors to raise an objection on landscape and visual grounds and in relation to aviation due to Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Statkraft outlines that the project has been designed to be mindful of the surrounding area, with limited visibility from Straiton and no visibility expected from Dailly. The developer will continue to work on aviation matters and believes that there is a radar solution available for the wind farm.

    The project has received no objections from key statutory consultees such as SEPA, Scottish Water and Historic Environment Scotland. As the project has an installed capacity of greater than 50 MW the final decision rests with the Scottish Government and the Energy Consents Unit.

    The project which is for nine turbines would bring a number of benefits if eventually consented by the Energy Consents Unit including; generating enough renewable electricity for approximately 48,000 homes and estimated investment in South Ayrshire of around £4.4m during construction.

    Statkraft is committed to providing a community benefit fund of £5,000 per MW of installed capacity per annum for the lifetime of the project, meaning that the wind farm will provide up to £297,000 every year to the local area. In addition, we are also committed to offering shared ownership of the wind farm project.

    Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy and has offices in Glasgow and employs over 4,800 staff in 19 countries. As well as onshore wind, hydro and solar developments, the company has completed the first Greener Grid Park in Scotland, which helps to stabilise the grid and allows more renewable energy generation to connect to the grid system.

    Project Manager John Wallace said: “We will review the Council’s response to our Knockcronal Wind Farm plans as the application goes through the S36 process. We are disappointed with the decision as we maintain that this is a good site for a renewable energy project. We held two rounds of public consultation events on our proposals in 2021 and have worked hard to ensure that the project is in keeping with the landscape. We reduced the number of turbines and the size of several turbines following feedback from consultation events and consultees.

    “We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to speak with us on our proposals and help shape the project to date.

    “If consented, the project will provide low cost, renewable, clean energy and we are committed to working with local companies to deliver Knockcronal Wind Farm.”

  • Knockcronal Goes to Regulatory Panel

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    Knockcronal Wind Farm will be considered at South Ayrshire Council’s Regulatory Panel on Thursday 23 June 2022.

    The proposed wind farm is for nine turbines and would generate enough renewable electricity for around 48,000 homes.

    Officers have recommended to raise an objection on landscape and visual grounds and in relation to aviation due to Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Statkraft outlines that the project has been designed to be mindful of the surrounding area, with limited visibility from Straiton and no visibility expected from Dailly. The developer will continue to work on aviation matters and believes that there is a radar solution available for the wind farm.

    The project has received no objections from several key statutory consultees, SEPA, Scottish Water and Historic Environment Scotland.

    The Knockcronal Wind Farm proposal includes a proposed community benefit package of £5,000 per MW of installed capacity in line with Scottish Government Good Practice Principles, which could be used to fund a range of local projects if the development is consented. In addition, if there is interest within the community, Statkraft is keen to explore shared ownership.

    Ahead of the Panel meeting, Project Manager John Wallace said: “We believe this is a good site for a renewable energy project. We held two rounds of public consultation events on the our proposals in 2021 and have worked hard to ensure that the project is in keeping with the landscape. We reduced the number of turbines and the size of several turbines following feedback from consultation events and consultees.

    “We are committed to working with local companies if the project is consented and we are a member of the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce.”

    As the project has an installed capacity of greater than 50 MW the final decision for the project rests with the Scottish Government and the Energy Consents Unit.

  • Planning Application for a Temporary Met Mast Submitted

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    A planning application for a temporary meteorological mast (met mast) for the proposed Knockcronal Wind Farm has been submitted to South Ayrshire Council. Notice of the application (Reference Number: 22/0042/APP) will be published, by south Ayrshire Council, in the Ayrshire Advertiser on 12 April 2022. The proposed location for the met mast is approximately 5.6km, south of Straiton. The met mast application was made live on Planning Authorities planning portal on 5 April and can be viewed there or under planning documents on this website.

    The application is for a met mast up to 140m (including instruments) for a period of 3 years. The met mast is designed not to be obtrusive and consists of a steel tube with a matt finish that will be supported by guy wire/ropes. The data collected from the location will increase our knowledge and understanding of the wind and weather regimes on site.

    Installing a met mast is part of standard practice during wind farm development and is a standalone planning application. It is separate from the proposed Knockcronal Wind Farm application, submitted to the Energy Consents Unit in November 2021.

    Should the met mast application be approved, the existing road network would be used to access the site, no additional access tracks are required to be constructed, and no modifications are required to the existing road network. In addition, the met mast would be removed and the site restored to the current condition on the expiry of any planning consent granted.

  • 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.

  • Section 36 Application Submitted for Knockcronal Wind Farm

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    We are pleased to announce that our application for Knockcronal Wind Farm has been submitted to the Energy Consents Unit, 25 November 2021. The development, located approximately 5km from Straiton in Ayrshire, consists of 9 wind turbines of up to 200 metres (3 x 180m and 6 x 200m) to blade tip height.

    The project has been designed to be mindful of the surrounding area with limited visibility from Straiton and no visibility expected from Dailly.

    All planning application documents are available to view in the planning documents folder and on the Energy Consents Unit website under ECU00002181. We appreciate that there is a lot of information contained within the documents and encourage you to contact us if you would like information on a specific aspect of the project.

    John Wallace, Project Manager for Statkraft said: “We are delighted to have submitted the planning application for Knockcronal Wind Farm. Following the online exhibitions, community engagement drop-in sessions and analysis of feedback we have revised the project taking on board community and statutory consultee feedback. We want to thank everyone who took time to provide their views on the project and to input into the project design process.”

    The Knockcronal Wind Farm proposal includes a proposed community benefit package of £5,000 per MW of installed capacity, which would stay in the local area if the project is consented. In addition, if there is interest within the community, Statkraft is keen to explore shared ownership for the project. To date Statkraft has distributed over £2 million from UK projects to support local causes and innovative schemes.

    Statkraft is following Scottish Government advice in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the full planning application documents can be viewed here on the project website in the planning documents folder or on the Energy Consents Unit website at www.energyconsents.scot.

    About Knockcronal Wind Farm

    Energy Consents Unit Reference: ECU00002181

    9 Turbines

    200m to blade tip height (6 x 200m and 3 x 180m)

    Over 50MW installed capacity (estimated to be 59.4MW)

    Generate electricity equivalent to the demand of over 48,000 homes (based on average household consumption of 3,393 kWh per year)

  • Autumn Exhibition – Thank you for your feedback

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    In September and October 2021, we held our second exhibition, including two in-person drop-in sessions in Straiton and Dailly, to share how our plans for Knockcronal Wind Farm had progressed.

    We received valuable feedback from local residents and community groups and wish to thank everyone who was able to attend on the day and/or returned the feedback form. We have now responded to all enquires and comments made where GDPR allows.

    In addition, we have produced a short 'Consultation Report'. The report has been sent directly to local Community Councils and elected representatives and provides a summary of the feedback received during the second exhibition and sets out our next steps for local engagement.

    We plan to submit our application later this year. At this time all the application documents will be available to view on our project website.

  • Drop-in Sessions – A Thank You

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    We wish to thank everyone who took the time on the 21 and 22 September to attend the Dailly and Straiton community drop-in sessions and everyone who has provided feedback so far on the Knockcronal Autumn Exhibition.

    At the drop-in session, the Knockcronal project team met with local residents and businesses to discuss the project and share project detail such as view points from residents homes and the surrounding area. Nearly 40 people attended over the 2 days which gave an opportunity to hear local views face to face rather than online.

    These events are part of the second Public Exhibition following first Public Exhibition held May to June this year.

    Ruth Semple, Community Liaison Manager said: “It was great to be back talking to communities directly and to share our recent plans for Knockcronal. We appreciate that not everyone will be able to attend the events or access the online consultation material, so we have written to over 1,300 homes and businesses with a freepost reply card so that they can view the project information and provide feedback offline.”

    The project team will now follow up on any questions raised as well as reply to feedback on the project as whole.

    The online exhibition will run until 5 October. To have your say visit the project exhibition page and complete the feedback form or join the online chat session on 5 October 12noon – 2pm.

    It is expected that a planning application will be submitted to the Energy Consents Unit in late 2021.


  • Exhibitions Announced for Knockcronal Wind Farm

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    Following our exhibitions in May and June 2021, we will be hosting another series of events between 14 September and 5 October 2021 to present our plans for Knockcronal Wind Farm. We expect to submit an application to the Scottish Government later this year.

    Twelve turbines up to 200m were initially proposed for the site but following site studies and community feedback, the proposal now has nine turbines with six turbines up to 200m and three up to 180 metres. We wish to thank the members of the local community who took the time to provide feedback since we introduced our proposals.

    We are keen to ensure that as many local people know about, and have an opportunity to provide their views, on the project. This week over 1,300 local households and businesses will receive an invitation to find out more by, viewing our online exhibition, visiting us in person at one of our two drop in sessions, or joining us online during an online chat session.

    With Covid-19 restrictions easing we are pleased to be hosting two local in person drop in sessions.

    The drop in sessions are being held on:

    • Tuesday, 21 September 2021 – Dailly Community Hall, Dailly. 2pm – 7pm. Please register to attend.

    • Wednesday, 22 September 2021 – McCandlish Hall, Straiton. 2pm – 7pm. Please register to attend.

    To manage Covid-19 risks we would ask those wishing to attend to register in advance.

    We look forward to meeting members of the local community as we share our plans over the coming weeks.

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

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