Project News

The Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit approved an application for the Troston Loch Wind Farm on the 18th December 2020. 

To enable the wind farm to make an active contribution to help meet Scotland’s ambitious renewable energy and climate change targets, it is intended to submit a bid for the Troston Loch to the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction, the Government’s main mechanism for supporting low-carbon electricity generation projects. No specific date has been set for the auction, but it is expected to be held sometime in the third quarter of this year. 

The outcome of the CfD submission will determine the ongoing development plans and a construction timescale for the project. At that stage we will be liaising with the Community Liaison Group that has been established to provide more details on our intentions for the wind farm. 

 

Project Description

EDF Renewables proposed the Troston Loch wind farm be developed on land at the Troston Estate, located around seven kilometres west of Moniaive in Dumfries and Galloway.

The consented project comprises 14 turbines with tip heights of up to 149.9 metres and will have a generating capacity of around 68MW, which is enough to meet the average annual domestic electricity requirements of up to 40,000 homes. It includes an on-site energy storage facility to support the grid network and provide back-up power.

Plans for the scheme were first announced in early 2018 and a series of local exhibition events were held for residents and local stakeholders in Moniaive and Dalry to share details and developments of the scheme in April and October 2018.

 

Site Boundary Plan

Questions and Answers

Community Benefit Fund

EDF Renewables would establish a community benefit fund for the wind farm if it becomes operational.  It would be established in line with the Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments. At current levels, based on a proposed generation capacity of 67.2 MW, the proposed scheme would provide a local benefit fund of up to £336,000 each year for the lifetime of the wind farm.

Shared Ownership

EDF Renewables supports the principles of shared ownership that gives local community groups and organisations the opportunity to invest in and share in the profit generated by wind farms. This shared ownership opportunity has been offered to local groups at the public exhibitions via information leaflets and is proposed in addition to the proposed Community Benefit Fund.

At this stage, we are simply assessing any interest and would welcome feedback from local community groups. If there is sufficient interest, we propose to hold an event which would give community groups the opportunity to discuss the matter with representatives from EDF Renewables.

Local Energy Scotland is aware of the scheme and is available to provide impartial and independent advice to members of the public on fund raising and all related shared ownership matters.


If you have any further questions or would like to contact us regarding Troston Loch wind farm, please send us an email at troston@edf-re.uk

* 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).