Statkraft are recruiting for experienced Wind Farm Technicians to work on the operational Andershaw Wind Farm, near Crawfordjohn in South Lanarkshire.
The successful candidates will be part of a small site-based team of technicians who will also be required to travel to other parts of the UK, ensuring safe, effective operations and maintenance of our other wind farms.
Statkraft has been making clean energy possible for over 125 years and in the fight against climate change, we don’t see renewable energy as part of the solution – we believe it must be the solution.
Find out more about the exciting opportunities here and apply before the end of February 2022.
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.
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.
We would like to thank all residents and interested groups who took the time to visit our online consultation regarding our plans for West Andershaw Wind Farm.
The online event ran from Monday 9 August until Friday 27 August 2021 and featured online chat sessions with the project team, visualisations, predicted viewpoints, information on the layout, as well as opportunities to provide feedback. The online exhibition material can be viewed here.
Over 1,400 residents and local businesses were sent the invitation to participate and are grateful for every response.
We will be writing to all those who provided comments and those that requested to receive project updates over the coming weeks. Please note that anyone who returned one of our freepost reply cards and didn’t tick the ‘keep me updated’ box means we are unable to respond directly due to GDPR legislation.
Once we have analysed the feedback, we will look to hold a further exhibition later in 2021 ahead of submitting a Section 36 application in 2022. When the application is submitted the community will have a formal opportunity to comment on the plans as part of the statutory consultation process.
On Saturday 28 August members of the West Andershaw Wind Farm project team will be attending the Douglas Gala Day in Lanark. The Douglas Gala Day is a long-standing community event that brings people together.
The West Andershaw team will be in attendance with a stand to share information on the project. Local residents and attendees are invited to meet the team, ask questions and provide feedback on the proposal. Young children can get involved too with the Statkraft colouring competition. The lucky winners will receive art materials.
It will be the first in person public event we have attended in over 18-months and look forward to meeting local people.
The Gala also features trampolines, an inflatable assault course and a mini fair.
We hope to see you there!
Today, Monday 9 August 2021, marks the start of the West Andershaw Wind Farm Online Exhibition.
The online exhibition will run until the 27 August 2021 and includes:
• an information brochure with details on the proposals (similar to information boards at a traditional village hall exhibition) and some predicted viewpoint illustrations
• video presentation from the project team
• frequently Asked Questions
• an opportunity to join live Q&A online chat sessions with the project team.
Over 1,400 residents and local businesses have been sent an invitation to the online exhibition. The invite includes a feedback form, which can be returned to us freepost, making sure as many local residents have an opportunity to send us their comments and views on the proposal. The event has also been published in the Carluke and Lanark Gazette.
The live Q&A sessions will take place on the following dates:
• Tuesday 17 August, 12 noon - 2pm & 5pm - 7pm
• Friday 27 August, 12 noon - 2pm
Iain Robertson, Project Manager, said:
“The proposal to the west of the existing Andershaw Wind Farm is for up to 11 turbines with a maximum blade tip height of up to 250m. The project is in the early stages of development and we are keen to hear the views of local resident as we continue to shape our plans and as the project progresses.
“The West Andershaw project, in addition to a community benefit fund, has the opportunity for shared ownership and we look forward to exploring this with local residents, should this be of interest. We would also encourage local businesses to register as a supplier on our website too.”
The exhibition website can be accessed via a link of the website homepage, or by clicking here.
We plan to hold a second exhibition later in the year, 2021, and hope this can be in person, should covid-19 restrictions allow.
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.
We are pleased to have submitted a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government to progress our plans for West Andershaw Wind Farm, a proposed extension to our operational Andershaw Wind Farm. The extension is located located approximately 3.3km south of Glespin, 4km west of Crawfordjohn and 4.9km south of Douglas, to the nearest turbine location, in South Lanarkshire.
The proposals are at an early stage of the design process and the Scoping Request to the Scottish Government seeks to help shape our continued investigations and assessment of this proposal including receiving early feedback from the local community and consultees.
At this stage we think there is potential for up to 11 turbines, with tip heights of up to 250m and with an overall capacity exceeding 50MW. The proposals may change or reduce in scale as feedback is received from the local community, statutory consultees and as our environmental consultants progress their studies.
The operational Andershaw Wind Farm, consisting of 11 turbines, 140m to tip, with an installed capacity of 36.3 MW, has been fully operational since 2017 and we know from the data collected on site that the area has a good wind resource. Turbine technology has progressed in recent years and, if consented, West Andershaw will host a similar number of turbines but have a considerably greater installed capacity, and will therefore be able to produce significantly more renewable energy to help Scotland achieve our net zero target by 2045.
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 this can be done online. We plan to hold our first exhibition to share our plans in August 2021. We are following Scottish Government advice throughout all of our work in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic so it is likely the first exhibition will be held online.
We are enthusiastic about bringing meaningful benefits to local communities. Statkraft is committed to offering £5,000 per MW of installed capacity in community benefit funding for the extension project. Furthermore, if there is interest shown from within the community, we are keen to bring forward opportunities for shared ownership for the extension. To date, the operational Andershaw Wind Farm has already contributed nearly £500,000 in community benefit, with over 50% allocated to projects in the local area, including funds to help refurbish the Crawfordjohn Hall and money for the ATV Core Paths Project in Douglas.
We believe we are the only wind farm developer that has pledge to commission feasibility studies to assess the potential to bring improved access to broadband as part of our projects.
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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