Status

Loganhead

8

Turbines

135m

Turbine Height

21,614

N° OF HOMES

25.6 MW

Generating Capacity

The Development

Crossdykes Muirhall Energy
Alastair Yule

Loganhead wind farm was consented by Dumfries and Galloway Council in 2019, for 8 turbines at 135m 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 9 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:
  • Loganhead is predicted to generate 145% 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: 21,614 homes supplied with electricity each year.
  • Section 36 Scoping Layout: 53,000 homes supplied with electricity each year. This is an increase of 31,000 homes.

CO2 Reductions

  • Consented wind farm: 37,000 Tonnes of CO2 offset each year.
  • Section 36 Scoping Layout: 81,000 Tonnes of CO2 offset each year. This is an increased CO2 offset of 44,000 Tonnes.
Stephen Corr Muirhall Energy

Alastair Yule

Director of development

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Shared Ownership & Community Investment

The development at Loganhead wind farm would bring a unique opportunity for the local community to own up to 10% of the wind farm. The Developer has made an offer to a number of the closest community councils, and to date, discussions have been positive.

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 Loganhead 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 £128,000 per year, index linked for the operational lifetime of the project. This equates to £3.2 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 £128,000 to £378,000 per annum (this is 295% more than the consented wind farm).
  • Over 25 years, this investment would be worth £9.45 Million, or an extra £6.25 million compared to the consented development.
  • Over 50 years, this investment would be worth £18.9 Million, or an extra £12.5 million compared to the consented development.

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5,000
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Crossdykes
 Muirhall Energy

Information at a Glance

Status

The wind farm was consented by Dumfries and Galloway Council 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 = 8 turbines of approximately 3.2 MW each.

Total Capacity = 25.6 MW

In Scoping = 9 turbines of approximately6 MW each.

Total Capacity = 54 MW

Specification

Consented height to blade tip = 135m

In Scoping height to blade tip = 200m

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