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Arecleoch Windfarm Extension

Arecleoch

Above: Photograph of the operational Arecleoch Windfarm.

ARECLEOCH WINDFARM EXTENSION

Location

Arecleoch Windfarm Extension is located on the National Forest Estate south west of Barrhill in South Ayrshire.

Stage

The project is currently under development with ongoing environmental surveys including local ecology, archaeology, hydrology, ornithology and access requirements.

Project History

We completed construction and began operating Arecleoch Windfarm in 2011 and have identified an area to the east of this site with potential as an extension.

This project is a result of our partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland, where ScottishPower Renewables were awarded exclusive rights to investigate the feasibility of onshore wind energy projects within the National Forest Estate in south west Scotland.

Further information on renewable energy on the National Forest Estate is available at https://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/managing/work-on-scotlands-national-forest-estate/renewable-energy/wind-hydro

Community Consultation

Early consultation is key to the way we develop our windfarms and throughout the development process we ensure local communities and stakeholders are given the opportunity to provide feedback and are kept informed of project progress.

Design Considerations

The turbines will be integrated with the surrounding forest and the turbine locations will be dictated by the results of extensive environmental and technical surveys.

Benefits

The project will contribute to the Scottish Government’s target for renewable energy, provide opportunity for community investment, and create further employment opportunities in the local area.

With established sites nearby, ScottishPower Renewables has a history of working positively with communities within the region. We are keen to ensure employment and the business skills required to maximise economic benefits can be delivered locally to ensure those who live near our sites benefit.

Through ScottishPower Renewables’s established presence in South Ayrshire, the Applicant has to-date, contributed over £5.2m of community benefits, contributing to a variety of groups and organisations.

Contact

The Arecleoch Extension Windfarm Project Team can be contacted directly by email.

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