Muirhall Energy is currently constructing a wind farm at Crossdykes, 11km North-West of Langholm, and 13km North-East of Lockerbie. The project has been thoroughly and sensitively designed to relate to the local landscape and is: within Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Potential ‘Area of Search for Large Scale Wind Energy Developments’; Outside of any international, national, regional or local environmental designations; and is out with the recommended 15km Eskdalemuir ‘Exclusion Zone’.
A series of public consultation events were held to gather feedback from the community on the proposed development.
An Environmental Impact Assessment was undertaken and follows the advice provided through the scoping process.
A section 42 application to vary the tip height from 149.9m to 176.5m was approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council in June 2019.
The development at Crossdykes wind farm would bring a unique opportunity for the local community to own up to 10% of the proposals. The Developer has made an offer to a number of the closest community councils and community organisations, and to date, discussions have been very positive.
In order to help the community understand how the shared ownership offering could work, the Developer has employed an established accountancy firm – experienced in community ownership on other projects throughout Scotland to produce a prospectus which provides details of the project and a number of illustrative scenarios of how the community could finance their equity share and the likely dividends.
In addition to the shared ownership offering, community benefit will be offered and payable regardless of whether the shared ownership offering is taken up.
An annual fund of £322,000 (£7,000 per megawatt) will be put in place for the long term benefit of neighbouring communities. This amounts to £8 million over the 25 year lifetime of the wind farm.
Planning approved by Dumfries & Galloway Council March 2018.
S42 for tip increase approved in June 2019.
10 turbines = 4.8 MW each.
Total Installed Capacity = Up to 48MW, however generation capped at 46MW.
Height to blade tip = up to 176.5m.