New website for Stewartry wind farm plan

19/12/11

 

25 November 2011 Green energy firm Burcote Wind has launched a new community website to keep people informed about proposals for a wind farm at Sandy Knowe, near Kirkconnel and Kelloholm.

The site – www.sandyknowewindfarm.com- has just gone live and will be regularly updated with maps, photomontages, progress on technical studies and dates of meetings or public exhibitions.

The proposal at Sandy Knowe will have a maximum of 27 turbines and could power the equivalent of 55% of all homes in Dumfries and Galloway – as well as generating up to £5.06million for the local community over its lifetime.

With an installed capacity of 67.5 megawatts (MW), it would produce enough electricity to power around 38,000 homes and offset 76,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, reducing Dumfries and Galloway’s carbon footprint.

Burcote Wind has said that, as part of its proposals, it would create a community benefit fund worth up to £202,500 per year, or £5.06million over the 25-year lifetime of the wind farm. The community benefit fund is calculated as a payment of £3,000 per Megawatt (MW) of total generating capacity. It would be a fixed payment every year and would not fluctuate with production, providing stability for the community.

This could provide funds for local organisations and initiatives in close proximity to the wind farm and a distribution mechanism would be agreed with local representative groups.

Graham Brown, Burcote Wind’s chairman, said:

“These days, many people turn to their computers when they’re looking for information, so having a dedicated website for the Sandy Knowe proposal allows people to quickly find out the facts about what we’re proposing.

“The website already includes lots of useful information including maps and photomontages showing how the site would look in the landscape.

“The site allows people to share information easily over social media like Facebook and Twitter and we’ve made it easy for people to send us feedback via email.

“We want to be open and transparent about our proposal from the outset and we think an online resource like this will ensure people get the information they need.”

Notes to Editors

1.    The 27x 3 megawatt (MW) turbines proposed for the Sandy Knowe site would have a combined output of around 67.5MW. This is enough to:

·         Power 38,000 homes per year – 55% of all the homes in Dumfries and Galloway

·         Cut carbon dioxide emissions by 76,000 tonnes

·         Help Scotland reach its target to produce 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

2.    Burcote Wind is aiming to submit a planning application for the Sandy Knowe proposal to Dumfries and Galloway Council late 2012.

3.    The proposed community benefit fund is equivalent to an annual payment of £3,000 per Megawatt (MW) of installed generating capacity. This would produce an annual ‘royalty’ to the community of up to £202,500 (based on the output of 27 turbines of 67.5MW), or £5.06million over the 25 year lifespan of the development. The payment would be fixed and would not fluctuate with production, to guarantee stable funding. The exact vehicle for delivering this resource to local community projects will be determined in close consultation with community representatives.

4.    As part of the future planning application, Burcote Wind will need to compile a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to identify the potential impact of building the wind farm on the local environment, ecology and plant and animal life. The EIA must demonstrate that the benefits of developing the site clearly outweigh any potentially negative impacts. In addition, Burcote Wind will have to demonstrate how the site can be physically and ecologically restored following the 25 year lifespan of the wind farm. A planning application will not be submitted until late 2012.

5.    Burcote Wind is an independent renewable energy company based in Dunfermline, Scotland, but active throughout the UK. The company specialises in onshore wind energy projects from the identification and design stage right through to construction and operation.

For more information, please contact:

James Tout

Orbit Communications

0131 257 4232/07989 610 276

James.tout@orbit-comms.co.uk

www.orbit-comms.co.uk

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