Missed Opportunity For Argyll & Bute Communities

Responding to Scottish Ministers decision to refuse Creggan Wind Farm, Fraser Campbell, Operations Director at Burcote Wind said:

“We are disappointed to learn of the decision by Scottish Ministers to refuse Creggan Wind Farm. We firmly believe that Scotland is among the best places to develop onshore wind and as such we have invested significantly into this project over the last five years.”

“The project would have generated around 51MW of clean, renewable energy and would have seen approximately £30m in operational and maintenance expenditure locally within Argyll and Bute and a further £20m spent within the rest of Scotland over the project’s 25 year lifetime.”

‘We have worked tirelessly with the local authority, Scottish Government and the local communities to ensure that we have put forward a well designed and sustainable development for the site, with our application receiving limited objections from statutory consultees including none from SNH.  

“Overall, we feel like this is a missed opportunity for the region. We believe that through our industry leading offer to communities and partnership with locally based company CS Wind, Creggan Wind Farm could have generated significant and tangible benefits to the local and regional economies and the local communities throughout Kintyre.”

Brendan O’Hara MP said:

“Although I understand the reasons behind the decision of the Scottish Government not to approve this particular project, as both as a passionate believer in renewable energy and as someone who has made the economic regeneration of Argyll & Bute his overriding priority, I think it unfortunate that this proposed development will now not happen.

The harnessing of  clean energy could be and should be one of the big contributors to not just to the prosperity of  Argyll and Bute but of Scotland as a whole and I sincerely hope that this decision does not deter either Burcote or other stakeholders from investing in capturing Argyll and Bute’s vast, clean, natural resources for the greater good of this and future generations.”

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Burcote Wind Strengthen Commitment to Scottish Manufacturer CS Wind

Scottish renewable energy company Burcote Wind has today restated their commitment to supporting Machrihanish based wind tower manufacturer, CS Wind.

Burcote Wind has announced that it will continue sourcing turbines from CS Wind, formerly Wind Towers Scotland, with a preferential procurement policy in place to benefit the manufacturer as part of the Section 36 application for the proposed Creggan Wind Farm near Glenbarr. The terms of a Unilateral Undertaking (UU) tied to the Planning Conditions for the project, obliging Burcote to procure towers from CS Wind providing that they are a qualified supplier of the turbine manufacturer and can resource the delivery of the towers within project timescales. The UU also obliges Burcote Wind to give CS Wind a 5% price advantage over other potential suppliers.  The developer has taken these steps in order to increase orders at the plant and safeguard local jobs.

The announcement comes after CS Wind informed workers in February that up to 60 jobs could be lost at the factory in Machrihanish due to lack of orders.

Burcote Wind is based in Dunfermline and last year agreed a joint venture with ERG Renewables, a large Italian utility company who have built and operate onshore wind farms throughout Europe.  They have been operating since 2009 and have four projects active throughout the UK, including the proposed Creggan Wind Farm, a Section 36 development near Glenbarr, which will be determined in the coming months.

The company had previously agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Wind Towers Scotland (WTS) prior to their takeover by Korean firm CS Wind.  This agreement saw Burcote Wind agree to offer WTS the chance to supply wind towers for its projects in the UK and Ireland where technically and commercially possible.  Burcote announced in September last year, with the signing of a new MoU, that they would continue to honour this agreement and work closely with CS Wind to secure local employment and support local businesses.

Alongside the proposed Creggan Wind Farm, Burcote received consent for their 24 turbine Sandy Knowe development in Nithsdale in March last year, while they are also bringing forward plans for the 10 turbine Longburn Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway. The company has similar procurement agreements in place for these other developments throughout Scotland, which could help to further bolster the orders at the Machrihanish plant.

Fraser Campbell, Operations Director at Burcote Wind said:

“We are proud to partner with CS Wind and recognise the importance of helping to safeguard local jobs. Burcote Wind is committed to maximising local content in each of our developments and believe that supporting local employers like CS Wind is an important part of the development process.

“If Creggan Wind Farm is consented by the Scottish Government, our Unilateral Undertaking for the project means the consent will be conditional on procuring the towers from CS Wind should the price quoted not exceed the next lowest tender for the towers by more than 5%.

“We have projects all over Scotland each of which offer CS Wind similar opportunities to supply the turbine towers. We are keen to create and support employment and economic development opportunities wherever possible.  We look forward to working closely with CS Wind and hope that our pipeline of potential work, including at our consented Sandy Knowe development, will help to secure a significant number of local jobs at the facility.”

Lesley Black, Head of UK Sales at CS Wind said:

“The UK supply chain for the wind renewables industry is constantly challenged to reduce costs and to invest and innovate to win intermittent orders, while facing strong competition and extremely low prices from supported competitors abroad.

“A visible pipeline of potential orders from developers like Burcote Wind is essential for local and UK suppliers and supports economic development and value added jobs in rural areas like Kintyre.”

Local MP Brendan O’Hara MP:

“This is clearly good news and the industry is clearly recognising the important role CS Wind can have in the manufacturing of these turbines. Any measure that can contribute to a visible pipeline of manufacturing in the future for CS Wind has to be welcomed.  As a potential future order this will help stabilise the longer term future of the factory in Machrihanish which I wholeheartedly welcome.”

Local MSP, Michael Russell said:

“I am delighted to hear about this positive initiative by Burcote, which is an expression of support not just for CS Wind as it develops the business, but for the excellent workforce at Machrihanish and the whole community in Kintyre.   I am sure it will make a difference to local prospects as well as benefiting both companies and the wider wind renewables market.”

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Burcote Wind & CS Wind Reaffirm Commitment in MoU

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Scottish wind developer, Burcote Wind re-committed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CS Wind UK last week (Wednesday 28 September). The MoU was signed by Graham Brown, Director of Burcote Wind and Lesley Black, Sales and Marketing Manager at CS Wind UK at the WindEnergy Expo 2016 in Hamburg.

The agreement will see the two companies working together across Burcote Wind’s portfolio, including the recently consented Sandy Knowe Wind Farm, a 24 turbine project in Dumfries and Galloway.

Previously, Burcote Wind committed to a MoU with Wind Towers Scotland, which was then acquired by CS Wind Corporation earlier this year. Last year Burcote Wind also announced a partnership with ERG, Italy’s leading wind energy operator and one of the primary operators in Europe (1,446MW installed).

Burcote Wind’s portfolio is made up of several onshore wind projects at various stages of planning throughout Scotland. One of the company’s proposed developments, Creggan Wind Farm, is located close to the CS Wind UK plant in West Kintyre. Burcote Wind’s pipeline could provide the plant with over a year’s worth of orders based on the current manufacturing capacity, providing crucial support for local skills, employment and apprenticeships in Kintyre.

Graham Brown said: “I’m delighted to reaffirm and strengthen our relationship with CS Wind through the signing of this updated Memorandum of Understanding today.  We want to ensure as much as possible of the £500 million investment behind our project pipeline is retained in Scotland, supporting jobs and skills. This includes our unique Procurement Policy, which offers local contractors a 5% price advantage when tendering for contracts relating to our projects. This coupled with our ground breaking Community Ownership scheme ensures our status a leading, community focused onshore wind developer.”

Lesley Black commented: “CS Wind is delighted to reconfirm this agreement today in Hamburg.  CS Wind’s acquisition of Wind Towers (Scotland) in April this year is a positive step towards strengthening  the UK”s wind tower manufacturing capabilities and competitiveness.

“The support of developers like Burcote Wind for local suppliers provides a visible order pipeline for the factory, in turn helping to secure the future for high value skilled manufacturing jobs in renewables industry in the UK.”

Sir Ed Davey, Former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said: “I am delighted to have witnessed the MoU signing between CS Wind UK and Burcote Wind. To see these two companies reassert their commitment to production and development in Scotland, is key for our industry’s growth within the UK. The jobs secured by CS Wind in Campbelltown show Scotland’s overall commitment to the energy industry.”

CS Wind UK is one of the largest single employers in the Campbeltown area, with a workforce of around 160. In July 2016 the company announced its commitment to make further investments in its plant, which will create and additional 160 jobs. This move was welcomed by Scottish Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, who highlighted the company’s contribution to job creation in the local area.

The MoU commits both Burcote Wind and CS Wind UK to five years of future development within Scotland. The two companies will work together to provide the technical, commercial and operational support necessary in respect of wind energy projects being developed by Burcote Wind in the UK.  Where possible the companies will agree to collaborate on future onshore wind projects within the UK.

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Burcote Wind Committed to Supporting Local Jobs at CS Wind

Scottish renewable energy company Burcote Wind has today restated their commitment to supporting local jobs in Kintyre, announcing it will continue sourcing turbines from CS Wind, formerly Wind Towers Scotland.

The announcement comes after the ground-breaking ceremony at CS Wind’s Machrihanish plant in Campbeltown, following a £27 million investment from Siemens to increase capacity at the facility.  Burcote Wind is based in Dunfermline and recently agreed a joint venture with ERG Renewables, a large Italian utility company who have built and operate onshore wind farms throughout Europe.  They have been operating since 2009 and have four projects active throughout the UK, including developments in Dumfries and Galloway and Argyll and Bute.  

The company had previously agreed an MoU with Wind Towers Scotland (WTS) prior to their takeover by Korean firm CS Wind.  This agreement saw Burcote Wind agree to offer WTS the chance to supply wind towers for its projects in the UK and Ireland where technically and commercially possible. Following the recent takeover and investment from Siemens to increase capacity at the plant, Burcote Wind will continue to honour this agreement and work closely with CS Wind to secure local employment and support local businesses.

Burcote recently received consent for their 24 turbine Sandy Knowe development in Nithsdale, while they are also bringing forward plans for another 10 turbine development in Dumfries and Galloway and a further 18 turbines at Creggan Wind Farm near Glenbarr, only 20 miles north of CS Wind’s Machrihanish plant.

Attending the groundbreaking ceremony, Fraser Campbell, Operations Director at Burcote Wind said:

“We welcome the new investment by CS Wind and we are proud to continue our relationship with the company and their new owners.  Burcote Wind is committed to maximising local content in each of our developments and believe that supporting local employers like CS Wind is an important part of the development process.

“Burcote has projects all over Scotland, including our proposed Creggan Wind Farm near Glenbarr, so this really is a local company for us.  Alongside our industry leading offers of community benefit and community ownership we are keen to create and support employment and economic development opportunities where possible. Our pipeline of potential work with CS Wind, including at our consented Sandy Knowe development but also other forthcoming projects, will help to secure a significant number of local jobs at the facility.”

Lesley Black, Head of UK Sales at CS Wind said:

“This is an exciting time for everyone at CS Wind, with new owners and significant new investment,  culminating in our ground breaking ceremony last week.  We are delighted that Burcote Wind, whom we have worked closely with for a number of years, has committed to continuing our mutually beneficial partnership.  Working with companies like Burcote Wind will allow us to significantly increase both our local workforce and economic output.  We look forward to working with Burcote towards what is sure to be a bright future for both companies.”

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Burcote’s new plan for Creggan Wind Farm

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Design follows more feedback from local community

Following an objection to its original wind farm design from Argyll and Bute Council, and after reviewing further feedback from local residents, businesses and statutory consultees, Burcote Wind has announced an innovative new design for its proposed Creggan Wind Farm at Glenbarr in West Kintyre.

Not only will there be fewer wind turbines, but they will be significantly smaller and moved further away from residential housing. There is a substantial increase in the separation distances from Glenbarr village, sensitive visual receptors and also the nearest neighbours to the proposed development.

The nearest turbine will now be approximately 1,100m further away from Glenbarr village at a distance of 3km.

The overall effect will be to greatly minimise potential disruption and visual impact.

Instead of 19 turbines reaching 125 metres, the new design features 18 turbines of only 110 metres – these have been sensitively placed to allay concerns expressed to Burcote by local residents.

In addition to the reductions in number and size, the new design carries over the positive benefits included within the original proposal. There will be minimal disruption to the main A83 trunk road – and absolutely no traffic impact on the Glenbarr road, Glenbarr village itself or the homes of nearby residents.

Burcote will continue to offer £5,000/MW of Community Benefit Funding that can be used as the community wishes. This could include grants for domestic renewable energy installations to offset rising fuel bills for residents; funding to assist in the transformation of local facilities, such as a new village hall and soft play area; sponsoring more frequent public transport; and support for the most vulnerable people in West Kintyre.

Addressing potential concerns about the landscape and visual impacts of the farm, the new scheme sees a marked reduction in the visibility of the turbines from coastal areas, and there will be no need for unsightly deforestation as a result of the development.

The new design also features improvements in terms of access for local people and visitors to the area with the introduction of a circular heritage walk on site and a special, horse-friendly road surface on the site access tracks.

Graham Brown, Managing Director of Burcote Wind, commented: “Our sustained commitment to the local area continues to be reflected and strengthened in this new plan. Alongside a new and exciting Heritage Walk, that will benefit not only local schoolchildren but visitors and tourists, an agreement has been drafted that will see five ancient chapels in the greater Kintyre area refurbished to save them from dilapidation, while providing an opportunity for educational visits to learn about the ancient cultural heritage within Kintyre.

“Many people in the Glenbarr area believed our original scheme included turbines that were positioned too close to the village and some residential properties. We have addressed these concerns in this new design and look forward to sharing this with the community in the planned exhibition in November.

“A low-impact implementation is integral to Burcote’s ongoing engagement with the local community, as we have built in to our plans the strong commitment to minimise construction and operational impacts that could potentially arise from the development.

“Principally, this means we do not need to use the Barr Glen Road for the movement of turbine components or as access for normal wind farm construction traffic, thereby avoiding any resultant disruption for the village and residents of the Glen.

“In addition, moving the turbines further from residential receptors reduces the potential visual effects associated with the development during operation. If any residents remain concerned we would urge them to let us know, so that we can evaluate the potential effects on them and their properties and offer suitable mitigation to further reduce any impacts.”

Burcote is continuing its close engagement with residents and businesses, with visits to explain the details of the new design in person and share the many positive benefits for the community.

A newsletter is being sent to all addresses within 7.5km of the site, while a 3D model used at previous exhibitions is being updated to accurately show the precise locations of the new, smaller turbines.

“The Creggan site has been redesigned to address as many local concerns as possible,” added Mr Brown, “and we continue to work progressively with the local community to satisfy any concerns to the new plan that may be presented by residents, businesses and community stakeholders.”

A Public Exhibition will be held on Thursday, November 27, in Glenbarr Village Hall from 3pm until 8pm and Burcote hopes that as many people as possible will be able to come along on the day to find out more about the new scheme and share their thoughts.

If you would like more information about the new Creggan Wind Farm plan, or wish to interview Burcote Wind Managing Director Graham Brown about the proposal, please contact the Burcote Wind team by telephoning 01383 749645 or emailing: enquiries@burcotewind.com

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Creggan wind farm planning bid could deliver long-term legacy to West Kintyre

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Renewable energy developer Burcote Wind has officially submitted an application to the Scottish Government for a nineteen-turbine wind farm at Creggan, Glenbarr, West Kintyre in Argyll and Bute.  Burcote Wind believes the project has the potential to provide a significant contribution to Scottish Government renewable energy targets, create skills and generate jobs, support local small and medium sized businesses and provide significant economic opportunities in the local area surrounding the project site. It would also give an important boost to Wind Towers (Scotland) Limited, the wind tower manufacturing plant located some twenty miles to the south of the project site.

Located to the north-east of the village of Glenbarr, the installed capacity of the proposed wind farm would be approximately 62.7MW comprising 19 turbines with a ground to blade tip height of up to 125 metres. The application for consent also includes proposals for significant habitat, species and cultural heritage enhancement.  The wind farm has the potential to provide sufficient electricity to meet the needs of up to 33,552 homes and to displace up to 61,548 tonnes of CO2 per year, based on the average generation mix of Scottish power sources.

The Creggan wind farm proposal includes plans for an associated community benefit fund, based on delivering £5,000 per MW (megawatt) of installed capacity per year that would provide almost £8 million for the local community over the lifetime of the wind farm.  Burcote Wind has been working closely with the community to explore how this funding could be used to help regenerate the area by supporting the development of the core infrastructure needed to boost the local economy and to bring jobs, skills and economic development to the area.

Prior to submitting the application for consent, Burcote Wind has been consulting extensively with the local community over more than two years. As well as two separate rounds of public exhibitions, held locally in February 2012 and September 2013, Burcote has sent out newsletters to and met nearby residents, met and briefed local Councillors and the local Community Council, established a detailed project website (www.cregganwindfarm.com), and set up a Community Liaison Group (CLG) to discuss the proposals and key priorities for the community benefit fund in greater detail.

Feedback from the local community during the pre-application consultation period has contributed to the preparation of a draft community development plan, outlining how the £313,500 per year community benefit fund could be used over the 25-year lifetime of the wind farm. Key priorities identified so far have included support for a number of substantial initiatives focused on Glenbarr as well as other projects that would cover the wider West Kintyre area. A proportion of the funds could also be allocated to a legacy fund, providing the local community with an ongoing income beyond the wind farm’s anticipated 25-year lifetime.

Feedback from the second set of public exhibitions hosted in Glenbarr and Campbeltown suggests a substantial majority of local people have been happy with the community consultation undertaken by Burcote Wind and feel that their comments have been reflected in the final application submission.

66% of respondents completing a questionnaire at the September events agreed, either fully or to some extent, that the local community have been given an adequate opportunity to input into the proposals and that their views have been taken into account.

Burcote Wind recently re-confirmed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ with Wind Towers (Scotland) Limited which would give the plant the opportunity to supply wind towers to the company’s pipeline of onshore wind energy projects throughout Scotland, including Creggan. The agreement also commits both companies to work together on the development of a joint training initiative to create lasting manufacturing and engineering jobs locally.

Burcote Wind’s Chairman, Graham Brown, said:

“This is a significant project with the potential to create a long-term legacy of social and economic benefit to the local area, as well as supporting jobs and skills at Wind Towers, one of Kintyre’s largest local employers.

“Over more than two years, our community consultation has generated a range of constructive ideas, advice and feedback, all of which have helped shape the final application we are now submitting.  We have worked very hard to understand the needs and concerns of the local community in Glenbarr and the surrounding area. This has fed directly into the final turbine lay-out and the draft community development plan accompanying the application.

Dennis Breugelmans, Managing Director of Wind Towers (Scotland) Limited, said:

“Witnessing the ongoing progress of pipeline projects such as Creggan is extremely important for Wind Towers. We depend on a healthy order book of onshore and offshore projects to sustain our workforce and realise our ambition of increasing the plant’s capacity still further. We’re very proud to be able to offer so many high quality apprenticeship and employment opportunities in Kintyre. Seeing more projects like Creggan reach fruition will help us to continue doing that well into the future.”

Burcote Wind Chairman Graham Brown concluded:

“Overall, there is a recognition within the local community of the positive transformative effect our proposals could have in terms of revitalising the local economy, helping to build infrastructure and supporting and creating skills and employment. We will continue to work with the community to ensure that, if the project is consented, that ambition can be fully realised.”

Further information on the proposals can be found on the project website (www.cregganwindfarm.com), including how to submit representations to the application process. As the application has been submitted close to the Christmas holidays, the consultation period for representations on the proposals has been extended to 5 February 2014. Please see the website and local press adverts for further information.

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Notes to Editors

Burcote Wind is an independent renewable energy company based in Dunfermline, Scotland, but active throughout the UK. The company specialises in onshore wind energy projects from the identification and design stage right through to construction and operation. www.burcotewind.com.

The full details of the planning application, including the detailed technical Environmental Statement and the pre-application consultation (PAC) report, will shortly be accessible on the planning section of the Argyll and Bute Council website: http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/planning-and-environment . A non-technical summary of the application and the PAC report is accessible on the project website: www.cregganwindfarm.com.

Wind Towers (Scotland) was established in 2011, with investment from SSE and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It has since established itself as a specialist supplier of high quality wind turbine towers to markets across Europe. Based near Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland, the 18.25 hectare site comprises 3 tower production buildings, a surface treatment facility, a tower fitting out facility, a storage warehouse and a steel yard/tower storage area. The company employs approximately 130 people from Campbeltown and the Kintyre area all of whom are dedicated to providing a high quality service to its valued clients.

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West Kintyre community invited to view updated Creggan wind farm proposals

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People living in and around  Glenbarr and Campbeltown in  West Kintyre area being invited to attend a second series of public exhibitions of proposals for a wind farm on a site located north-east of the village of Glenbarr.

The events, hosted by Dunfermline-based renewable energy company Burcote Wind, are intended to provide updated information about the Creggan wind farm proposal,  following an earlier series of events hosted locally in February last year. The exhibitions are due to take place on Wednesday the 25th September (between 3.00pm and 7.00pm) at Glenbarr Church Hall, and Thursday the 26th September (between 3.00pm and 7.00pm) at the Kintyre Community Education Centre, Stewart Road, Campbeltown.

Following extensive survey work on the site and taking account of feedback received from the local community to date, proposals for the wind farm have been significantly revised. The number of turbines has been reduced from twenty-six to nineteen, with the proposed height of the turbines being up to of 125 metres.  Meanwhile, the installed capacity of each turbine has been increased to 3.3 megawatts, giving the wind farm a total installed capacity of approximately 62.7 megawatts (MW).

Should the project receive planning consent, it will be accompanied by a community benefit fund with an annual value of £5,000 per megawatt of installed capacity on the site. Based on a revised proposal for the site, the fund could be worth approximately £313,500 per year or approximately £7.8million over the wind farm’s anticipated 25-year lifetime.

Since the last set of exhibitions for Creggan wind farm in February 2012, Burcote Wind has met four times with a specially-convened Community Liaison Group (CLG) made up of local community representatives to discuss the kinds of projects that could be supported by the proposed community benefit fund.

As well as a series of display boards providing revised details about the proposal, the exhibitions will include an interactive computer-based 3D model to give an impression of how the wind farm would appear in the landscape. Members of Burcote Wind’s project team will be available to discuss the proposal, to answer questions and to receive feedback.

A dedicated project website has been set up providing a range of detailed information about the Creggan wind farm proposal and can be accessed at the web address: www.cregganwindfarm.com .

Burcote Wind Chairman Graham Brown said:

“We held our first set of public exhibitions in February 2012, where we received a range of comments and feedback from the community about our initial proposal and potential uses for the associated community benefit fund. This has helped us to shape revised proposals for the site. In particular, we’ve been able to optimise the lay-out in a way that enables us to maximise the efficiency of the wind farm, whilst at the same time taking into consideration the important views of the Glenbarr community.”

“We’ve also made important progress in our more detailed discussions about potential uses for the proposed community benefit fund. Burcote Wind believes that Community Benefit Funds should be used to deliver long-term, socioeconomic goals that will benefit the local area during the operation of the wind farm and beyond through legacy funds. Discussions with the local community liaison group have so far proved extremely fruitful with a wide range of ideas being put forward for use of the fund. These have included specific ideas for improving the quality of life for the community of Glenbarr and helping to develop local skills and education.”

“I would encourage anyone interested in our proposals to come along to either the Glenbarr or Campbeltown exhibitions, and take the opportunity to ask any questions and to give us their feedback. The input we receive will help shape our final planning application as well as a robust community development plan for use of the associated community benefit fund in the event that the application is approved.”

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Notes to Editors

1. The 19 x 3.3 megawatt (MW) turbines currently proposed for the Creggan wind farm site would have a combined installed capacity of 62.7MW. This is enough to:

  • Power approximately 33,552 homes per year
  • Offset around 61,548 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from conventional fossil fuel-based electricity generating plant
  • Help Scotland reach its target to generate the equivalent of 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020

2. The proposed community benefit fund is equivalent to an annual payment of £5,000 per Megawatt (MW) of installed generating capacity. This would produce an annual ‘royalty’ to the community of approximately £313,500 (based on the installed capacity of up to 19 turbines of approximately 62.7MW), or approximately £7,837,500 over the 25 year lifespan of the development. The payment would be fixed and would not fluctuate with production, to guarantee stable funding. The exact vehicle for delivering this resource to local community projects will be determined in close consultation with community representatives.

3. As part of the future planning application, Burcote Wind has compiled a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to identify the potential impact of building the wind farm on the local environment, ecology and plant and animal life. The EIA demonstrates that the benefits of developing the site clearly outweigh any potentially negative impacts. In addition, Burcote Wind will have to demonstrate how the site can be physically and ecologically restored following the 25 year lifespan of the wind farm.

4. Burcote Wind is an independent renewable energy company based in Dunfermline, Scotland, but active throughout the UK. The company specialises in onshore wind energy projects from the identification and design stage right through to construction and operation.

5. According to the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS), in 2011 the total number of households in Argyll and Bute was 41,775. The Creggan wind farm proposal, capable of generating enough electricity to power up to 33,552 homes, could therefore power the equivalent of over 80% of households in Argyll and Bute.

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