Why hasn’t the wind farm been built yet?
Since the application for the Cloich Forest Wind Farm was first submitted by Partnership for Renewables (PfR) in 2012, and consented in 2016, there have been changes in the ownership of the project and the financial support mechanism for onshore wind farms has been withdrawn. EDF Renewables purchased the PfR development portfolio in 2017 and is now undertaking a design review of the wind farm in order to make it more productive.
What information will you produce to help everyone understand how any new project will compare to the visual appearance of the approved wind farm?
As part of the re-design, we have recently issued an Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report that sets out the various environmental topics that will be considered. The EIA will include a landscape and visual assessment which will include photomontage and wireline illustrations.
What will be the benefits to the local community?
The environment – the wind farm will produce an important source of low carbon electricity, contributing to Government targets for increased renewable energy generation and reduced CO2 emissions
Community benefit fund – it is the intention of EDF Renewables to establish a local community benefit fund linked to the wind farm which will be in place once it becomes operational. The fund value would be in line with the recommended Scottish Government rate – currently £5,000 per MW each year for the lifetime of the wind farm. The fund would be designed to meet specific local objectives and would be administered locally at arms’ length from EDF Renewables in line with Scottish Government guidance.
Community investment – EDF Renewables also supports the principle of community investment in our wind farms and would welcome the views of local community groups on any interest there may be in this.
Making your views known:
If you have any questions on the proposed Cloich Forest Wind Farm or require any other information on the scheme, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org