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.
Kirstin Leckie, Project Manager
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.
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.
Chris Miles, Chair of Dumfriesshire East Community Benefit Group (on the shared ownership of Crossdykes).
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.
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
Consented height to blade tip = 140m
Revised application height to blade tip = 200m