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Euchanhead RED - Site overview, key facts and development process

The proposed Site boundary is shown below:

Euchanhead Ecology

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The proposed Development layout is shown below:

Euchanhead Ecology

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Euchanhead Ecology

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Key project details

Icon 21 wind turbines with a maximum height to blade tip of 230m
Icon Generating capacity of around 126 megawatts
Icon Energy Storage Facility with a storage capacity of around 31.5 megawatts
Icon Generating enough electricity to supply electricity for the equivalent of over  100,000* UK homes.

* homes equivalent calculated using an indicative site capacity factor of 35% and an annual mean UK consumption of 3,861 kWh.   ((126 MW x 8760 hours) x 35% cf) ¸ 3.861 MWh = 100,056 homes

Site design considerations

The site at Euchanhead has been chosen for a number of reasons. It benefits from high wind speeds, is free from any statutory designations, has few ecologically sensitive species present, is in close proximity to transport and grid connections, benefits from an existing commercial forestry track network and is within a low population density area, with a separation of over 6 km from the site boundary to nearest settlements. In addition, the Site is identified in Scottish Planning Policy Spatial Framework as being located within a Group 3 area, which are categorised as having potential for wind energy development.

We presented our initial design layout in February 2020 to the public and consultees.  Since then and in response to feedback that we have received, the following improvements have been made to the layout:

  • The layout design has been improved to increase separation to residential properties;
    • Turbines have been moved further away from Tynron in the southern part of the site, reducing the potential for noise and visual impacts.
  • Locally appreciated cultural heritage assets such as Allen’s Cairn have been identified and turbines moved further away from the asset.
  • Since the first public information day, and following detailed wind analysis, site survey, discussions with local residents and preliminary noise assessment work, it was established that there was scope to add an additional turbine in to the centre of the site layout. This will increase the clean renewable energy that the site will be able to produce.

Development and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process 

Initial site investigation and design

Initial site viability and project feasibility assessment

First round of public consultation: February 2020

Information days to introduce the project to the local community and seek feedback

EIA Scoping: February 2020

Identifying and agreeing with stakeholders what aspects and potential effects of the development should be covered by the EIA

On site and desktop surveys

Research to establish what the conditions of the site are today, this will allow the effects of the predicted changes to be assessed

Design evolution and environmental assessment: currently ongoing

Iterative process to optimise the design to achieve balance between site performance and environmental effects.

It also seeks to identify measures to eliminate, avoid, reduce or mitigate any potentially significant effects where possible.

Second round of public consultation: July 2020

The current online public information event

Submission of consent application: Q3/4 2020

The application to build and operate the development will be submitted to the Scottish Ministers, known as a Section 36 application.  There will then be a period of consultation where members of the public will have the right to make representations on the development proposal

Evaluation and Determination of the Application

The Section 36 application will be administered by the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit (ECU) on behalf of Scottish Ministers.  The Scottish Ministers will determine whether or not to grant consent for the proposed Development.  Timescales for determination are variable and depedent upon case specfic issues but typically take between 12 to 15 months

Evaluation and Determination of the Application

The application will be administered by the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit (ECU) on behalf of Scottish Ministers.  There will be any opportunity at this stage for you to make formal representations on the application to the ECU. These will then be taken into account by Scottish Ministers when determining whether or not to grant consent for the proposed Development.  Timescales for determination are variable and depedent upon case specfic issues but typically take between 12 to 15 months.


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