If consented, the Teviot scheme will see communities across Teviotdale benefit from one of the largest community investment funds of its kind anywhere in the UK whilst also contributing to Scotland’s net zero targets and supporting a sustainable energy economy.
We believe that the dynamic and critically important renewables sector offers
unprecedented opportunities for communities to shape the way our energy will be delivered in the future.
Blending the technologies of wind and solar, we hope to integrate this exciting
development into the fabric of the area, involving local businesses, supporting
education and creating a fair and equitable economic and environmental model. This approach would directly benefit people living locally and, by including the community in the drive for greener growth and investment, we can work together towards creating a sustainable renewable energy model which is so critical for future generations.
The proposed project would be sited to the east of Teviothead in the Scottish Borders near the Local Authority boundary with Dumfries and Galloway. The site offers good wind speed, is outwith any national or local landscape or nature designation and has already been identified by Scottish Borders Council as an area of potential for wind farm development. It is expected that the development will be co-located with an array of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels which will generate a blended energy mix, optimising the low carbon energy supplied to the grid from the site as Scotland moves towards a fully low carbon electricity network.
Supporting Education in the Borders
“We are delighted to have worked with Muirhall Energy for a numberof years now, and have been developing and exploring the opportunities there would be for us to work collaboratively for the benefit of our students and staff as well as the local communities that we work and live in. Our partnership with Muirhall Energy has also allowed us to identify skills gaps within the renewables sector so that we can respond to these by providing and developing appropriate learning and training opportunities. It became apparent from the beginning that Muirhall Energy had expertise within that could enhance delivery of our provision at the collegeand our relationship has only grown since then. Muirhall is a valuable partner, and not only have they sponsored our Renewable Room at the Hawick Campus but they have assisted us in developing a Virtual Work placement for our FA in Civil Engineering students and also offered us opportunities for on-site visits to take place so that students can gain that invaluable on-site experience. We at Borders College have welcomed this opportunity and hope that this collaborative way of working continues for a long time to come”. David Lowe, Assistant Principal - STEM and Sustainability, Borders College
What's in it for you?
Muirhall Energy is recognised as an exemplar in the industry for its commitment to local communities and, as with our other larger projects, we will offer an industry-leading £7,000 per MW installed in community investment. That commitment will remain for the lifetime of the project and has the potential to create an annual community investment fund estimated to be around £3.6 million - the most significant fund of its kind anywhere in the UK. Over the lifetime of the project this would equate to over £140 million of funding available for communities across the upper Teviotdale area to invest in the things that matter to local people, whether that be creating new jobs and training opportunities, improving local amenities and sports facilities or delivering environmental improvements. It will be for the people living in Teviotdale to decide where their priorities lie.
We will also encourage the community to consider becoming part-owners of the project. We will offer up to 10% ownership which could see the communities of Teviotdale become the biggest community investors in renewable energy anywhere in the UK and generate further revenues to be invested locally. Those revenues will be in addition to the community investment outlined above.
Informing the Community.
Communication, openness and transparency are our key priorities. The Muirhall team has undertaken a modified programme of presentations, in line with Government guidelines, to inform communities about the project and the exciting possibilities it holds for the people and businesses in the area. Our virtual exhibition was available from 23rd August 21 and ran for 3 weeks.
We also visited
Teviothead on Monday 30th Aug 21,
Denholm on Tuesday 31st August 21
Newcastleton on Wednesday 1 September 21
Hawick on Thursday 2nd September 21
Bonchester Bridge on Tuesday 7th September 21.
The exhibitions were well attended and those who came along had the opportunity to chat to the team and discuss the proposal in detail. We invited attendees to complete a questionnaire and the majority who completed this agreed they were better informed about the development as a result of attending the exhibition.
We will shortly be opening a South of Scotland office in the centre of Hawick. We are currently refurbishing one of the town’s most iconic buildings, the Old Post Office on North Bridge Street, to act as a focal point for our engagement with local residents and businesses and which will also become a base for existing and new employees in the south of Scotland.
As the refurbishment work of this lovely building is likely to take some months to complete, we have sited our mobile exhibition unit in the adjoining carpark as a temporary office base and members of the public are welcome to visit us there.
Efficiency & Fairness
Onshore wind is the most cost-effective form of power generation in Scotland and this project will contribute towards limiting the effect of climate change by increasing the production of sustainable, green energy. Muirhall Energy is also committed to supporting a reduction in fuel poverty and is actively investigating ways in which that might be delivered.
Muirhall Energy is yet to start the consenting process for the project, but intends to commence formal engagement with government bodies such as Nature Scot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage) over coming weeks through a process known as ‘scoping’, which defines the key areas to be considered by the Scottish Government and its consultees.
After the consultation period, we will submit an application to the Scottish Government which will include a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment detailing the development. We hope to combine this development with environmental enhancements such as peatland restoration and native woodland planting and thereby provide improvements in habitats which will encourage wildlife to flourish..
Local Businesses & Suppliers
A key priority for Muirhall Energy is to maximise the financial benefits of the wind farm for the people and businesses in the area. We are committed to placing work with local contractors who tender within 10% of the best quote we get for any work on the project.
We will also be working hard to get our specialist site contractors to build a presence in the area and to use local subcontractors wherever possible.
If you are a local business and would like to be added to our local contractors list please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and quote Teviot in the subject line.
We look forward to building many new partnerships in Teviotdale as this exciting project progresses.
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