Berry Burn Extension

Berry Burn Wind Farm has been operating since 2014, and consist of 29 turbines. In a typical year it generates electricity equivalent to the needs of 47,000 homes. To date the wind farm has delivered over £1.3 million to over 100 local groups and initiatives via the Community Benefit Fund.

An application was submitted to extend the existing wind farm by 9 turbines. In March 2021 the Moray Council Planning Committee voted not to object to the proposed extension. In December 2021 consent was received by the Ministers of the Scottish Government.

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The project team

Alison Hood
Principal Community Engagement Manager
Steve Reid
Principal Project Manager

Project timeline

  • Stage 1: Site Selection (12 months)

    Extensive research to identify suitable sites: positive indicators include good wind speed and minimal environmental and technical constraints.

  • Stage 2: Pre-Planning (12 - 18 months)

    We request the view of Scottish Government and Moray Council on the level of study required (known as "Scoping").  Sometimes an application for a Met Mast is submitted to measure site wind speed.

  • Stage 3: Submit Planning Application, and Decision (12 months)

    An application is submitted to the Scottish Government, accompanied by a comprehensive Environmental Report showing the results of all studies undertaken.  This is publicly available information.  

  • Stage 4: Pre Construction (12 months)

    If approved, there is a minimum one year gap before construction. 


  • Stage 5: Construction (12 - 18 months)

    Construction typically takes 12-18 months and planning conditions are used to manage elements of construction such as hours of construction and delivery times.

  • Stage 6: Operation (25+ years)

    The turbines are managed from an on-site maintenance team, and operations are controlled by detailed planning conditions.

     A community fund is active throughout, for worthwhile community initiatives.

  • Stage 7: Decommissioning (12 months)

    At the end of the planning period, turbines are removed. A financial bond is in place to cover this cost.


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