Where is the site located?

    The site is located in South Ayrshire, approximately 4km south of Straiton.

    Who is Statkraft?

    Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, with origins going back 125 years in Norwegian hydro power. In the UK we operate and majority own a hydro power plant and four wind farms, and are actively developing four wind farm projects. We are a leading provider of power purchase agreements and have been appointed by National Grid to help them achieve their ambitions to deliver a zero carbon grid by 2025.  In 2020 we acquired an Electric Vehicle charging business and are growing our UK operations. 

    Our Scottish headquarters are in Glasgow, and we have 4000 employees across 17 countries.  

    Over the last 10 years, Statkraft has invested over £200 million in renewable energy infrastructure in Scotland. Over £1.6 million has been distributed to communities near their wind farms through local Community Benefit Funds in Scotland. 

    In August 2019, Statkraft completed an acquisition agreement with UK developer Airvolution, bringing the entire development team in-house to Statkraft.

    Read more at www.statkraft.co.uk

    How will Statkraft engage on the proposals?

    We have a history of engaging early with the local community, and have confidence that we can still do that despite face-to-face meetings not being possible at this time. 

    We have set up this website earlier than usual to provide an easy way for people to find out more and contact us when we are unable to be present in the community.

    We welcome the opportunity to speak with local groups and residents by phone or video call at an appropriate time to provide more detail on our proposals, introduce the team and receive feedback.

    Feel free to ask us a question, it would be great to hear from you. If you would like to stay informed on the project, please register for updates.

    How tall will the turbines be?

    We are proposing a 12 turbine wind farm, with a maximum height of 200 metres to blade tip. 

    Before a planning application is submitted, we will hold a full consultation to show the final project plan in detail and give further opportunity for feedback. 

    To keep up to date throughout the project's development, please go to Register for Updates.

    Has a wind farm been proposed on this site before?

    The Knockcronal proposal is partly on the site of the previously proposed Linfairn Wind Farm that was being developed by WilloWind Energy LimitedWilloWind Energy Limited withdrew their application in July 2018 and has no involvement in this new scheme being developed by Statkraft. 

    Will there be a community fund?

    Yes. Even with our subsidy-free wind farms, we commit to a community benefit fund based on the Scottish Government recommended amount, which is £5,000 per MW installed. 

    The Knockcronal Wind Farm proposal includes a proposed community benefit package £5,000 per MW of installed capacity per annum for the lifetime of the project.  In addition to the traditional community benefit fund for this project if there is interest from within the community we are keen to bring forward opportunities for shared ownership for this proposal too.

    We are also keen to look for other ways our projects can bring meaningful benefits to the community such as the potential for improved access to broadband, and are dedicated to working with local suppliers.

    If consented, will there be opportunities for local businesses to get involved in the project?

    Yes. We have a 'Local Supplier' registration link on the website and please use this to get in touch if you are a local business and interested in the project.  

    We are dedicated to working with the local supply chain and plan to organise 'Meet the Developer' events for businesses (either virtual or in person depending on the prevailing Covid guidance) in the future.  

    To maximise the awareness of opportunities for local businesses available throughout the project delivery we are members of the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce.

    What's the transport route?

    We are assessing a number of access options for the project, both in terms of the port of entry and the site access/entrance from the public highway.  These aspects of the route will be evaluated further and in detail once the turbine size is confirmed.  

    We will provide updates on the proposed access route as it becomes available on this dedicated project website.

    Including battery storage?

    Utilising battery storage at this site is currently being assessed. It is becoming more commonplace for developers to bring forward more than one renewable technology on development sites.

    Statkraft is at the forefront of battery and grid stability projects, which are increasingly vital as the amount of renewable energy generation in the UK increases and we work towards achieving Scotland's net-zero carbon target by 2040.