EDF Renewables has developed a proposal for a new wind farm to be built on land at the Troston Estate, located around seven kilometres west of Moniaive in Dumfries and Galloway.
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 of the scheme in April 2018.
We continued to develop the proposal and consider various layout options for the site since the initial exhibitions. A second series of local exhibition events were therefore held for residents and local stakeholders in Moniaive and Dalry in October 2018 to share a revised proposal for Troston. The position of turbines in the new layout was changed to account for further visual and site constraints, whilst seeking to maximise renewable energy generation.
We are now proposing to:
- Reduce the number of turbines on the site from 15 to 14
- Retain the original turbine heights from the ground to the blade tip of up to 149.5 metres
- Include an on-site energy storage facility to support the grid network and provide back-up power
The new Troston wind farm would be an important source of low carbon electricity and would:
- Have a generating capacity of around 67MW
- Meet the average annual domestic electricity requirements of up to 40,000 homes*
EDF Renewables is completing its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the revised development and it is anticipated that an application will be submitted to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit in early 2019.
*Load factors based on the five year rolling averages as calculated by R-UK using 'Digest of UK Energy Statistics' - latest figures as per July 2018 release Based upon the average domestic electricity consumption per home per the Energy Consumption in the UK (published July 2018)
Community Benefit Fund
If the application is successful, EDF Renewables would establish a community benefit fund for the wind farm when 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 67.2MW, the proposed scheme would provide a local benefit fund of up to £336,000 each year for the lifetime of the wind farm.
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. Initial contact has been made with a number of local groups who are interested in such an opportunity. Local Energy Scotland is aware of the scheme and is available to provide impartial and independent advice on fund raising and all related shared ownership matters.
Because the proposed development will be over 50MW, the wind farm will be classed as a Section 36 scheme and will require the submission of an application to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU).We anticipate that a planning application will be submitted to the ECU in early 2019.
When the Planning Application is submitted, the Environmental Impact Assessment Report will be available to download on this website and will also be available to view in hard copy in public locations in the vicinity of the application site.
Making Your Views Known
All stakeholder feedback and comments received during Pre-Application public consultation will be included with our planning application. In addition, the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit will be holding a 28 day consultation period for members of the public and consultees to make their views known ahead of any decisions being taken on the application. As part of this process, Dumfries and Galloway Council will be responsible for handling all neighbour notifications.