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Faw Side Community Wind Farm heading to inquiry

Faw Side DPEA

Community Windpower’s Faw Side Community Wind Farm has now been transferred to The Scottish Government Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) where the project will be taken through the inquiry process (case reference: WIN-170-2007).

The 45-turbine Section 36 scheme was submitted to the Energy Consents Unit in May 2019 and Additional Information was submitted in May 2020. As the scheme received an objection from Scottish Borders Council, it has now been passed to Scottish Ministers to hold an inquiry and decide.

The project is located in Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders, approximately 6.7 km north of Langholm and 17.8 km southwest of Hawick and will be able to generate up to 1.24 TWh per annum, the equivalent of powering 328,400 homes each year for its 40-year operational life.

The project is of national importance and will provide a significant contribution towards Scotland’s Net-Zero target for 2045 and the UK target for 2050. It will also contribute towards Scottish and UK renewable energy generation.

The scheme will also make significant head way in the more recent target set out in the draft Scottish Government Onshore Wind Policy Statement, of securing 8-12 GW of onshore wind by 2030. Further to this, the scheme will lead to significant investment in the local area, with more than £800 million being invested in local communities and the councils over the course of its 40-year operational life span.

It is expected that the pre-examination meeting will take place in Feb 2022 with the inquiry sessions to be confirmed.

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