The original Muirhall Windfarm comprises 6 turbines located at Stallashaw Moss, of which a proportion of the land is owned by Chris Walker, MD of Muirhall Energy. Muirhall Windfarm was the first stage in the now 11 turbine wind farm development, constructed and now operated and owned by Muirhall Energy.
Muirhall Extension installed the largest onshore wind turbines in the UK at the time, at 147m. The Muirhall Windfarm Extension comprises two 147m to tip Senvion turbines.
Muirhall South is a 3 turbine development situated in close proximity to Muirhall Windfarm and Extension. We see this development as a natural evolution of the existing development, and comprises 3 turbines which incorporated the UK’s largest onshore blades at the time, of 60m.
Original Muirhall Windfarm
Muirhall Windfarm has made an annual community benefit donation to the South Lanarkshire Renewables Fund, at a rate of c.£5,000 per megawatt (index linked sum) of installed capacity, (approximately £60,000 annually, and over 4 times the Renewables Fund Contribution Rate at the date of consent).
The Council administers the ‘Stallashaw Moss Renewable Energy Fund’, which will receive the community benefit donation from Muirhall Windfarm over the expected operational lifetime of 25 years. These funds represent a total investment in local initiatives from Muirhall Windfarm of £1.35m throughout its operational life, of which £1.01m is guaranteed to benefit the immediate area surrounding the site within an area designated by WATIF.
Following in the generous spirit of Muirhall Windfarm, the extension enables further contributions to the Local Council Renewable Energy Fund. In addition, ad hoc support and donations to local clubs and worthy causes are considered and gifted from Muirhall Energy, made possible by the financial contributions of Muirhall Windfarm Extension.
Muirhall Windfarm Extension makes an annual community benefit payment, donated to South Lanarkshire Council Renewable Energy Fund, at a rate of £2,500 per megawatt. In addition, £8,000 per MW is delivered through Woolfords, Auchengray and Tarbrax Improvement Foundation (WAT IF?), a charity set up by local people for the benefit of the local community.
This means that in total, Muirhall Wind Farm Extension makes payments at a rate of £10,500 per megawatt (MW) of installed capacity (an industry leading level).
Muirhall South injects a further £50,000 per year into the community’s worthy causes, through WAT IF, further supporting the local and wider population.
Currently, the total community benefit distributed from the 11 turbines of Muirhall Windfarm and Extensions amounts to over £182,000 per year.
6 Turbines = Approximately 2.05MW each
3 turbines = Approximately 2.75MW each
2 turbines = Approximately 3.2MW each
Total Installed Capacity = Approximately 27.25MW
Height to blade tip = 6 turbines up to 125m, 3 up to 145m and 2 up to 147m