Company founder and Managing Director Chris Walker established Muirhall Energy Ltd’s first wind farm following the acquisition of Muirhall Farm, South Lanarkshire in 2002.
Subsequently, the Company undertook larger projects and devised new support initiatives, providing guaranteed funding for communities over the lifespan of the wind farms, well in excess of the required minimum. Building on the success of these initiatives, Muirhall Energy Ltd become an exemplar, recognised for its community-focussed ethos.
In 2017 the team’s innovative approach to solving aviation concerns at Edinburgh Airport saw the 15 turbine Tormywheel Windfarm constructed. Once again, Muirhall’s community benefit commitment was well above industry standards and those commitments were safeguarded when the project was later sold.
Muirhall’s policy of implementing substantial Initial Investment Funds have contributed to numerous community-led projects and initiatives, funding everything from sports teams to community transport. We are now offering shared ownership opportunities for communities of up to 10% equity in new projects. Shared ownership will enable communities to co-invest in our projects, ensuring a significant income stream for the community over the lifetime of the windfarm.
Most of our team is based at Muirhall Farm in modern high spec offices created within the vernacular farm buildings which had previously fallen into disrepair. As our business continues to expand, we have acquired another lovely old building in Hawick which will become our South of Scotland office base. Refurbishment of the former Post Office is under way and we hope to have that work completed by the New Year.
Now with a growing team of highly skilled professionals with competencies ranging from grid access and development to project management and construction, Muirhall Energy Ltd remains focussed on contributing to Scotland’s ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions while simultaneously delivering real and tangible benefits for people and communities across the country.
With a well-established track record of achievement, Chris Walker added to his range of competencies when he entered the renewable energy sector following the acquisition of Muirhall in 2002.
Quickly recognising the potential for diversification on the farm, Chris’s vision and determination led him to manage the initial Muirhall Windfarm project from concept, through planning to construction and commissioning.
The success of the original scheme has now been replicated many times across Scotland, England and Wales. These projects, amongst other business ventures, has allowed Chris to accumulate an impressive amount of sectoral knowledge and experience which, combined with his leadership abilities and strong sense of social responsibility, has shaped the company into one of the leading independent developers in the industry.