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Kilgallioch Windfarm Extension

Location

Kilgallioch Windfarm Extension is located approximately 9.5km north-west of Kirkcowan on land known as High Eldrig, to the south-east of the operational Kilgallioch Windfarm. The nearest community to the site is New Luce, approximately 7km north-east.

Current Stage

ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) has submitted a S36 Application to the Scottish Government for an extension to add around 82MW of generating capacity to the existing windfarm, consisting of around 62 MW of wind turbines and around 20MW of solar panels. 

A comprehensive suite of environmental surveys has been undertaken including local ecology, archaeology, hydrology, ornithology and access to inform the design of the proposed Development. 

Project History

SPR completed construction and began operating Kilgallioch Windfarm in 2017, and have identified this area to the south of Kilgallioch Windfarm as having excellent potential to be an extension to this site.

As part of the development process, a met mast was installed at High Eldrig in 2018, this is gathering data on wind conditions at the site.

A Scoping report was submitted to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consent Unit in April 2019.

Renewable Energy Technologies 

A S36 Application has been submitted to the Energy Consents Unit for 11 wind turbines and solar arrays.  Combining wind and solar technologies presents an opportunity to maximise the renewable generating capacity of the proposed development and will help to meet Scotland’s improved carbon emissions targets (75% reduction by 2030 and ‘net zero’ by 2040, 5 years quicker than the whole of the UK).

Community Consultation

Early consultation is key to the way SPR develops its projects, and throughout the development process we have endeavoured to ensure local communities and stakeholders are given the opportunity to provide feedback and are kept informed of project progress. Public Information Days were held in June and August 2019 in Kirkcowan Village Hall. SPR has also met with local Community Councils to provide information in relation to the proposed Development.

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

Benefits 

SPR will continue in its commitment to promoting local jobs, skills and inward investment and will actively engage with local communities and businesses.  During the construction phase alone, the development is expected to support over 145 jobs in Scotland with approximately one fifth of these opportunities benefitting local residents. See our Project Summary Leaflet below for more details. 

To date, SPR has voluntarily contributed more than £32 million in community benefit funding across the UK, including almost £5.8 million to communities in Dumfries and Galloway and over £5.9 million to South Ayrshire communities. A wide range of local projects and community initiatives have been supported by the funds including:

  • 174 community facilities and services projects totalling £339,025.60 
  • 47 community or local event projects totalling £39,089.33
  • 16 environmental projects totalling £30,224.45
  • 11 heritage projects totalling £11,036
  • 26 skills and employment projects totalling £26,344.48
  • 73 sport and recreation projects totalling £79,290.17, and
  • 129 youth and education projects totalling £102,981.21

SPR is committed to funding further projects in the local area, including those identified in various local community council action plans, which could improve community buildings, support new services and expand village infrastructure. 
We are keen to discuss a community benefit package, tailored to meet the needs of the surrounding community, and which has the capability to support the areas long term development ambitions.

Site Enhancements

  • The project includes a Habitat Management Plan which will implement positive land management for the benefit of landscape and nature conservation. It will improve degraded bog habitats, rewet drained peat, and manage and control native and non-native species. This is expected to have a positive impact on the overall site condition of the nearby River Bladnoch SAC and SSSI, as well as benefits to ecology and ornithology.
  • Archaeological features identified during site visits will be preserved and enhanced by improving access and publicising the cultural heritage resource. 
  • Completion of an airborne Lidar survey of the moorland with the aim of providing an accurate and detailed topographical record of the surviving archaeological remains of the historic landscape within the study area. The Lidar survey would provide a baseline record of the surviving earthwork remains that would provide the Dumfries and Galloway Council Archaeology Service with a resource that could facilitate future management and monitoring of the cultural heritage resource of the historic farming landscape. The Lidar data would be available for public consultation and research.  

Design Considerations

The site design has been reached through feedback from consultees and communities, where positions of renewable technologies and associated infrastructure have evolved through an iterative design process to achieve a final layout sympathetic to environmental constraints and the surrounding landscape. 

Documents

Please see the Project Summary Leaflet below for more information on the key features and benefits of the Development

Kilgallioch Windfarm Extension - Project Summary Leaflet

Please click on the links below to view the Kilgallioch Windfarm Extension EIA Report documents.

Volume 2 - Figures

Volume 3 - Technical Appendices

 
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