Communities around South Kyle Wind Farm could be boosted by £750,000 annual fund
Vattenfall, the European energy company behind the South Kyle Wind Farm proposal, is planning a series of Community Information Days next week in Ayrshire and Galloway. It has urged communities and local businesses to come along and view the proposed layout for the scheme before it is formally submitted to the Scottish Government later this year.
The approximate150 megawatts (MW), 50-wind turbine scheme would produce enough power every year to meet the equivalent annual electricity demand of nearly 70% of all the households in East Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway. It could also contribute £750,000 each year for important projects at a local and regional level through the Community Benefit payments committed to by Vattenfall. If approved, this could total £15 million over the 20-year lifetime of the wind farm.
This latest proposal is the culmination of extensive engagement with the community, statutory consultees and organisations like RSPB Scotland.
Alison Daugherty, Vattenfall’s Senior Project Manager, said:
“We first visited the local communities at the end of 2011 before we had developed a layout of the wind farm. Since then the project team has listened carefully to the views and comments given at each community meeting and has used them along with those of the statutory consultees as a basis for the South Kyle wind farm design. We have undertaken a detailed design process resulting in a proposal for 50 wind turbines, each of which could have a generating capacity of up to 3.6MW. We would like to thank the community for sharing their knowledge and insights with us.
“Productive discussions took place at the first and second round of public exhibitions and we look forward to informing local residents of our detailed plans. We are looking forward to the next phase of development when South Kyle becomes a live planning submission and ideas on how this significant project could aid investment into the community can really be firmed up. ”
The Community Information Days will be held at the following locations:
Monday 25th March, 2pm – 8pm at New Cumnock Community Centre
Tuesday 26th March, 2pm – 8pm at Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn
Wednesday 27th March, 2pm – 8pm at Dalmellington Church Hall, Church Hill
Information on the proposal will be on display including the opportunity to observe an interactive 3D visualisation of the proposed wind farm from a viewpoint of choice.
Jason Ormiston, Vattenfall, 07794 524 801, [email protected] or
Joanne Hutchinson, Vattenfall, 07974328358, [email protected]
Vattenfall acquired AMEC Wind Energy in late 2008 with the Kyle Wind Farm proposal part of the portfolio. An earlier Kyle Wind Farm was refused planning permission in 2008 by Scottish Ministers. Scottish Ministers advised that the area could accommodate a smaller, well designed scheme.
The development zone for South Kyle sits between the villages of Dalmellington, Carsphairn and New Cumnock and lies to the south of the B741 and to the east of the A713 in the Kyle and Carsphairn commercial forestry plantations.
Based on a conservative 27% capacity factor, a typical 150MW wind farm would yield 354,780 megawatt hours per year. This would be sufficient to meet the equivalent annual electricity needs of 83,164 UK households. According to National Records of Scotland, in 2011 there were 122,562 households in both East Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway.