New Plans For Further Renewables Investment In South West Scotland

Vattenfall has unveiled plans to extend renewable energy generation in south west Scotland. 

Located north-west of South Kyle Wind Farm, South Kyle II would be entirely within East Ayrshire and to the east of Dalmellington.

The proposals are at an early stage, with initial assessments suggesting the site could host 17 turbines, with a tip height of up to 220m, generating up to 119MW of renewable energy – enough energy to power approximately 60,000 homes* and offset  up to 145,000 tonnes of carbon.

A scoping report is being submitted to the Scottish Government, and Vattenfall will now embark on a detailed environmental impact assessment and seek feedback from local communities and stakeholders.

Vattenfall is currently building South Kyle Wind Farm, a 50 turbine 240MW development in East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway where two further proposals – Quantans Hill and Whiteneuk wind farms – are expected to be submitted to planning authorities later this year. South Kyle II would be Vattenfall’s fourth project in the region.

Throughout the construction of neighbouring South Kyle Wind Farm, Vattenfall has pioneered the use of local companies, encouraging and enabling contractors to hire and buy locally wherever possible.

Recent analysis of South Kyle Wind Farm’s supply chain has shown  £44million of spending awarded to businesses  in Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway, rising to £93million with businesses across Scotland. The project also includes a bespoke community benefit arrangement.

Frank Elsworth, Vattenfall’s Head of UK Onshore Development, said: 

“We want to ensure that we develop our wind farms in a sustainable way which delivers maximum benefits to the local economy and local communities.  
“Our proposals for South Kyle II Wind Farm reflects Vattenfall’s continuing commitment to South West Scotland, creating yet more opportunities for local communities and businesses through multi-million-pound investment in Scotland’s drive to net zero.” 

Simon Lejeune, Vattenfall’s Lead Project Development Manager, said: 
“We want to hear from local communities to understand their priorities so we can design a wind farm that respects local constraints. We’re looking to reduce the impact of the wind farm on the environment and the people who live locally while creating opportunities through community investment, skills development, jobs and employment.” 

Local engagement opportunities and events will be announced in due course. Further information can be found here.


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