Status

Hopsrig

12

Turbines

140m

Turbine Height

30,034

N° OF HOMES

42 MW

Generating Capacity

The Development

Mike Molleson

Hopsrig wind farm was consented by the DPEA in 2019, for 12 turbines at 140m to tip.

In October 2020, a scoping report for a Section 36 Application was submitted to the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit, with a view to a full application being submitted in early 2021 with a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment Report.

The scoping report has been submitted on the basis of 13 wind turbines at 200m to tip.

Rationale for Increased Scale of Turbines
  • Improvement in financial viability of project, following discontinuation of government subsidy, which was available when the original application was submitted.
  • Merchant electricity prices are at some of their lowest in several years. More recently, market shakeup from COVID19 placing even more pressure on energy prices – the expected single source of income for this windfarm.
  • Larger, more efficient turbines are now available, which maximise productivity of the site, such that:
  • Hopsrig is predicted to generate 131% more energy than the consented windfarm
  • Turbines of <150m, are increasingly more difficult to source and maintain. By the time we are looking to reach Financial Close in 2022, options for turbines of this scale may be quite restricted and have limited warranties
Climate Emergency and Policy
  • The Climate Emergency we currently face requires adequate and immediate action. It is one of the most pervasive and threatening crises of our time.
  • In 2019 ,Dumfries and Galloway Council declared a Climate Emergency and set the target of our region emitting net zero carbon by 2025 – the most ambitious target in Scotland.
  • The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019, sets targets to reduce Scotland's emissions of all greenhouse gases to net-zero by 2045 at the latest.
Homes Supplied
  • Consented wind farm: 30,034 homes supplied with electricity each year.
  • Section 36 Scoping Layout: 70,000 homes supplied with electricity each year. This is an increase of 40,000 homes.
CO2 Reductions
  • Consented wind farm: 72,000 Tonnes of CO2 offset each year.
  • Section 36 Scoping Layout: 117,000 Tonnes of CO2 offset each year. This is an increased CO2 offset of 45,000 Tonnes.

Mike Molleson

Senior Project Manager 

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Shared Ownership & Community Investment

The development at Hopsrig wind farm would bring a unique opportunity for the local community to own up to 10% of the wind farm. The Developer will be making an offer to a number of the closest community councils in due course.

The Shared Ownership model we are using for Crossdykes Wind Farm is at a more advanced stage, and as such we would expect this model to be used for Hopsrig Wind Farm, should it be successful.

In addition to the shared ownership offering, there will be community investment regardless of whether the shared ownership offering is taken up.

The Community Investment associated with the consented wind farm is £192,000 per year, index linked for the operational lifetime of the project. This equates to £4.8 Million over the 25 year development lifetime.

Muirhall is proposing that should the Section 36 application be successful, then the community investment associated with the wind farm will increase from £5,000 per Megawatt, to £7,000 per Megawatt.

Using the proposed Generation Capacity in the Section 36 Scoping report, this would potentially result in:

  • Community Investment increasing from £192,000 to £546,000 per annum (this is 284% more than the consented wind farm).
  • Over 25 years, this investment would be worth £13.65 Million, or an extra £8.85 million compared to the consented development.
  • Over 50 years, this investment would be worth £27.3 Million, or an extra £17 million compared to the consented development.

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5,000
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7,000
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Information at a Glance

Status

The wind farm was consented by the DPEA in 2019.

A Section 36 Scoping report was submitted to the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit in October 2020, with a view to a full application being submitted in early 2021.

Output

Consented = 12 turbines of approximately 3.5 MW each. Total Capacity = 42 MW.

In Scoping = 13 turbines of approximately 6 MW each.

Total Capacity = 78 MW

Specification

Consented height to blade tip = 140m

In Scoping height to blade tip = 200m

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