West Andershaw Wind Farm Scoping Submission
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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