Knockcronal Wind Farm

Welcome to our dedicated website for Knockcronal Wind Farm

The website provides a way to easily access information and contact us.
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 (www.energyconsents.scot) 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

The website provides a way to easily access information and contact us.
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 (www.energyconsents.scot) 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.


  • 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.

  • Public Consultation - Thank you

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    Thank you to all residents and interested groups who took the time to visit our online consultation regarding our plans for Knockcronal Wind Farm between 19 May and 8 June. The documents presented during the online consultation can be viewed here.

    We are now in the process of assessing and responding to all feedback received. Note that due to GDPR legislation we are unable to respond directly to anyone who returned one of our freepost reply cards but did not tick the “Yes, please respond to my comment and advise when the project is submitted” box. 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.

    We appreciate all feedback. We are still at the design phase of the project and continue to encourage your questions and comments on the proposal. Your feedback and comments will help us shape the final design of the project.

  • Online Consultation goes live for the Proposed Knockcronal Wind Farm

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    We are pleased to announce that the online consultation for our proposed Knockcronal Wind Farm has commenced. The exhibition will run from Wednesday 19 May - Tuesday 8 June 2021.

    Over 1,300 residences and businesses within c.10km of the site have been invited to attend, and advertisements have been placed in the local papers, Ayr Advertiser and Ayrshire Post.

    Since introducing our plans in January 2021, we have carried out further studies and listened to local communities and reduced the number of turbines from twelve to nine turbines.

    As part of our pre-application consultation, we are hosting an online consultation on a dedicated website between 19 May - 8 June. This will provide residents and other interested parties the opportunity to review our proposal and give feedback via the website, by telephone or in writing.

    The online consultation will include three live chat sessions:

    Thursday 27 May: 3pm - 5pm

    Wednesday 2 June: 5pm - 7pm

    Tuesday 8 June: 4pm - 6pm

    John Wallace, Project Manager, said: "We have a history of engaging early with local communities and have confidence that we can still do that despite face-to-face meetings not being possible at this time due to Covid-19.

    We look forward to the local community and other stakeholders taking the opportunity to review our proposals via the online exhibition, receiving their feedback and answering the questions put to the project team.

    Although we are disappointed that we can't meet face-to-face for this exhibition, we look forward to welcoming people to our online consultation, and in particular, our three live chat sessions."

    This project website will be kept updated with news as the development progresses, and it is expected that a second consultation event will be held later in 2021, which we hope will be in person if Covid-19 restrictions allow.

  • Knockcronal Scoping Submission

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    We are pleased to have submitted a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government to progress our plans for Knockcronal Wind Farm, approximately 4km south of Straiton in South Ayrshire. 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.

    At this stage we think there is potential for up to 12 turbines up to 200m high to tip and with a capacity 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. Read the project summary.

    We have a history of engaging with the community and despite face-to-face meetings not being possible at this time, we have confidence and experience that this can be done online.

    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 and continuing our investment plans, assisting the green recovery in Scotland.

    The Knockcronal proposal is located on the site of the withdrawn Linfairn Wind Farm previously developed by WilloWind Energy Limited. WilloWind Energy Limited withdrew their application in July 2018 and has no involvement in this 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 installed in community benefit funding. In addition, we are committed to shared ownership, if there is interest in the local community to investigate further this opportunity.

    We welcome the opportunity to speak with local residents and community groups by phone or video call at an appropriate time 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.

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