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.


  • 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

Page last updated: 06 Apr 2022, 05:08 PM