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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The power sector continues to lead efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland, according to the latest report from the Committee on Climate Change (External link) (CCC).
In its 2019 report to Parliament, the committee, an independent body set up to advise the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets, said reductions must be made economy-wide to avoid missing those targets. Emissions fell by 3% in 2017, compared to a 10% drop the previous year.
Scotland is committed to becoming a net-zero society by 2045 - five years ahead of the rest of the UK. It has set targets to reduce emissions by 56% by this year and by 75% by 2030. The CCC has warned the targets will be extremely challenging to meet and much more needs to be done to drive reductions.
Statkraft aims to play its part in helping to achieve the aims with plans to invest £600 million on wind and solar projects in Scotland within the next five years.
Low-carbon electricity generation, from sources including wind and solar power, must increase by around 50% in the next decade alone to meet net zero targets.
The warning comes from the National Grid which also highlights the need to install low-carbon heating systems in 2.8 million homes and 60,000 charging points for electric vehicles over the next ten years. At the same time, carbon capture usage and storage technology and hydrogen networks will need to be developed.
In its report, Building the Net Zero Energy Workforce (External link), it says properly skilled workers will be required to transform the energy network. In Scotland alone, 48,700 jobs will have to be created to reach the UK target of net zero by 2050 – although the Scottish target is five years earlier.
Statkraft has an important role to play. Our commitment to invest £600 million in Scotland in the next five years will help reduce emissions and create new jobs