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