Project News

EDF Renewables is holding public exhibitions to share early stage proposals for the redesign of the Heathland wind farm. The exhibitions will be held on:

  • Monday, 24th February, Willie Waddell Sport and Community Centre, Forth (4.00pm – 8.00pm); and
  • Tuesday, 25th February, Tarbrax Village Hall, (3.00pm – 7.00pm)

 

The anticipated changes will comprise fewer (up to 14 turbines instead of 17), larger turbines at an increased maximum height of up to 180 metres.

The process of re-designing the wind farm is still at an early stage and these events will be attended by members of the development team who will be available to answer questions on the project.

Details are included in a new leaflet explaining the background to the development and the new proposal which is included in the downloads section at the bottom of this page.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Report was sent to EIA consultees in December 2019. The report sets out the proposed scope of environmental information that would be necessary to support any new application for the Heathland site.  The report is available to download from the Energy Consents Unit website at: https://www.energyconsents.scot

Project Description

The Heathland site is located approximately 1.5 km northeast of Forth in South Lanarkshire and 2.5 km south of Breich in West Lothian. It lies within an area of commercial forestry plantation which is owned and managed by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS).

A Section 36 application for Heathland wind farm was submitted to the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit on 16th February 2016, by Partnership for Renewables (PfR). EDF Renewables since acquired the rights to the Heathland development from PfR in 2017. The project was consented on 26th October 2018 by Scottish Ministers. 

The consented Heathland scheme comprises 17 turbines of 132 m to tip. The original site design was based on a candidate turbine with a rotor diameter of 104 m.

EDF Renewables is currently looking at ways of increasing the productivity of the proposed wind farm by using fewer larger turbines. For example, replacing the consented 17 turbine layout with up to 14 turbines of up to 180 m tip height would increase the generating capacity on the site from 54MW to around 84MW.

At this level the re-designed wind farm would meet the average annual domestic electricity requirements of around 52,500 households* and save approximately 88,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year**

The Heathland Wind Farm development is on the national forests and land managed by Forestry Land Scotland (FLS) on behalf of Scottish Ministers. EDF Renewables and FLS are working together to ensure the best outcome for the development at Heathland forest.

 

* Load factors based on the five-year rolling averages on unchanged configuration basis using Table 6.5 of 'Digest of UK Energy Statistics' - latest figures as per July 2019 release
** Based on conversion figures provided by BEIS and the digest of UK Energy Statistics

* Load factors based on the five year rolling averages on unchanged configuration basis using Table 6.5 of 'Digest of UK Energy Statistics' - latest figures as per July 2019 release. Based upon the average domestic electricity consumption per home (temperature corrected) per the Energy Consumption in the UK (published July 2019, Table C9 of ECUK: Consumption data tables).