Status

Hopsrig

13

Turbines

200m

Turbine Height

58,000

N° OF HOMES

86 MW

Generating Capacity

The Development

Crossdykes Muirhall Energy
Kirstin Leckie

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Hopsrig Wind Farm Expansion Section 36 Application

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

In November 2021, a Section 36 Application was submitted to the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit for an expanded wind farm.

The application was submitted on the basis of 13 wind turbines at 200m to tip.

To view the full submission click on this link here.

Rationale for Increased Scale of Turbines
  • Larger, more efficient turbines are now available, which maximises the productivity of the site
  • If approved, the wind farm at Hopsrig is predicted to increase its energy generation by 131% more than the currently consented windfarm
Climate Emergency and Policy
  • 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
  • Revised application: 58,000 homes supplied with electricity each year. This is an increase of around 28,000 homes
CO2 Reductions
  • Consented wind farm: 72,000 Tonnes of CO2 offset each year
  • Revised application: 117,000 Tonnes of CO2 offset each year. This is an increased CO2 offset of 45,000 Tonnes
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Kirstin Leckie

Project Manager

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Shared Ownership & Community Investment

"The revised applications also allows us to increase the community investment fund to over £1m a year across both projects, a trebling of our existing commitment, as well as offer the local community the opportunity to extend their shared ownership of wind farms Muirhall Energy has developed in the area.”

Kirstin Leckie, Project Manager

Community Investment Fund

With the expansion proposed in the Section 36 applications for Loganhead and Hopsrig wind farms, the community investment would be increased. Muirhall Energy plans to increase our community investment to around £1 million per year across both sites.

If the revised plans are accepted, local communities will benefit from an industry-leading community investment fund of of £7,000 for every MegaWatt (MW) of power generation capacity, resulting in an annual fund of £602,000 for Hopsrig.

We are proud of our record of investing in the communities in which we are based, and have so far committed over £2 million to local groups, events and organisations across Scotland.

Lockerbie and District Rotary Club proejct for Lochmaben Primary School - Muirhall Energy have supported the club with a combined £5,000 since 2020.

Shared Ownership Scheme

The development at Loganhead also offers an opportunity for the local community to own up to 10% of the wind farm following the model of our landmark Community Ownership Scheme at Crossdykes wind farm.

Shared ownership would generate considerable extra income to the local area, over and above the community investment funding which is a commitment made regardless of whether the shared ownership option is taken up. You can read more about the shared ownership of Crossdykes here.

This offer was taken up by numerous community councils from the area surrounding Crossdykes, which will benefit the local area with increased investment in the community for years to come.

The Muirhall team at the launch of Crossdykes - Local community councils own 5% of the wind farm through the Shared Ownership Scheme.

"We of course have a willing developer in Muirhall who share the ambition the communities have for their futures and who have been fundamental in helping the community achieve an ambitious agreement.

The communities think this deal is especially important for their future and the next generation. It may be a step towards other similar deals locally that could be transformative if the communities grasp the opportunities this will give.”

Chris Miles, Chair of Dumfriesshire East Community Benefit Group (on the shared ownership of Crossdykes).

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 Muirhall Energy

Information at a Glance

Status

The wind farm was consented by Dumfries and Galloway Council in 2019.

A Section 36 application will be submitted to the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit in November 2021, for an expanded wind farm with larger turbines and more energy and financial potential.

Output

Consented = 12 turbines of approximately 3.5 MW each.

Total Capacity = 42 MW.

Revised Application = 13 turbines of approximately 6 MW each.

Total Capacity = 78 MW

Specification

Consented height to blade tip = 140m

Revised application height to blade tip = 200m

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