Knockcronal Wind Farm


Welcome to our dedicated website for Knockcronal Wind Farm

We have created this website earlier than usual in the development process as we are keen to engage with the public on our project. The website provides a way to easily access information and contact us when we are unable to be present in the community.

We held an online exhibition for the project, between Wednesday 19 May and 8 June 2021, and presented more detail about how our proposals had changed since submitting scoping and gave you the opportunity to provide your views on the project via the online feedback form.

Since we introduced our plans in January 2021, by submitting a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government, we have carried out more studies and listened to local communities and reduced the number of turbines form 12 to 9 turbines, with a tip height up to 200m.  We presented more detail on the 9 turbine scheme during our exhibition.

This website will be kept updated over the development period to keep you informed of how the project may be changing and is progressing. We are keen to hear your views and ideas on the project as it progresses too.

We are following all Scottish Government advice in relation to Covid-19 as we progress our plans. Although we are unable to meet you in person at the moment, you can find out more about our development team and Statkraft in the UK.

We have set up this website to continue a conversation with the local community as the project progresses - please fill in the feedback form to share your views on the project with us or if you would like to ask a question or contact us to find out more about us and the project.



Welcome to our dedicated website for Knockcronal Wind Farm

We have created this website earlier than usual in the development process as we are keen to engage with the public on our project. The website provides a way to easily access information and contact us when we are unable to be present in the community.

We held an online exhibition for the project, between Wednesday 19 May and 8 June 2021, and presented more detail about how our proposals had changed since submitting scoping and gave you the opportunity to provide your views on the project via the online feedback form.

Since we introduced our plans in January 2021, by submitting a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government, we have carried out more studies and listened to local communities and reduced the number of turbines form 12 to 9 turbines, with a tip height up to 200m.  We presented more detail on the 9 turbine scheme during our exhibition.

This website will be kept updated over the development period to keep you informed of how the project may be changing and is progressing. We are keen to hear your views and ideas on the project as it progresses too.

We are following all Scottish Government advice in relation to Covid-19 as we progress our plans. Although we are unable to meet you in person at the moment, you can find out more about our development team and Statkraft in the UK.

We have set up this website to continue a conversation with the local community as the project progresses - please fill in the feedback form to share your views on the project with us or if you would like to ask a question or contact us to find out more about us and 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.

  • Targets Set To Reduce Emissions In Scotland By 75% In Just 10 Years

    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.

  • Working To Net Zero Will See Nearly 50,000 Jobs Created In Scotland

    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