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 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 132m to tip. The original site design was based on a candidate turbine with a rotor diameter of 104 m.
Since acquiring the project from PfR, EDF Renewables has been examining ways to increase the productivity of the wind farm and reduce the cost of power generated by the site. Turbine technology has improved greatly since 2016 and it is now possible to considerably increase production with larger turbines.
In February 2020, at a series of local public exhibitions, EDF Renewables presented a new proposal to increase the generating capacity of the wind farm by reducing the number of turbines on the site and increasing the tip height of the rotor blades.
Following feedback and further environmental investigations, the original proposal was further refined and in November 2021 details of a final scheme were provided in a leaflet sent to local households and at an online exhibition.
The final site layout comprises 14 turbines, including three at a height of 150m to blade tip and 11 turbines at 180m tip height. In addition, changes have been made to the location of all 14 turbines to take into account site ground conditions, landscape and other environmental factors.
The proposed wind farm would have a generation capacity of around 80MW, supplying enough low carbon electricity to meet the average annual needs of around 48,000 homes and offsetting around 83,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.
The new proposal has now been formally submitted to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit as a new application for consent to build and operate the wind farm.
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.