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Scoop Hill

Current Status

Community Windpower issued a Scoping Report to the Energy Consents Unit in May 2019 and received the Scoping Opinion from the Energy Consents Unit, plus all the comments from statutory and non-statutory consultees in August 2019. Environmental Impact Assessments in relation to the proposed development are underway, which will contribute to the final design of the proposal. 

The scoping report can be viewed here.

Site Location

Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm is located in Dumfries and Galloway, approximately 5km south east of Moffat and 11km north east of Lockerbie.

Wind Farm Layout

Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm has been assessed through an iterative design process to date. The scoping layout for Scoop Hill consisted of up to 80 wind turbines, with a potential generating capacity of up to 560 MW of clean, green electricity. Since scoping the layout has changed to 75 turbines, with a potential generating capacity of 525MW.

The proposed wind farm would be a significant contribution towards meeting Scotland’s renewable energy and climate change targets, including the reduction of carbon emissions of 70% by 2030 the net-zero target for 2045.

The Scoping Report also mentions energy storage and solar power as additional elements to be included as part of the proposal. Since scoping it's been decided to include battery storage units capable of typically storing 100MW of energy.

Final details of the turbine specifications, tip heights, and turbine locations will be presented in due course as informed by the conclusion of the Scoping Opinion, Environmental Impact Assessments and their recommendations, and thorough consultation with consultees, local communities and local residents.

Below is a copy of the layout at scoping:

View a copy of the Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm Scoping Layout.

Environmental Benefits

Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm would contribute to achieving Scotland’s renewable energy and climate change targets by providing up to 525MW of green clean energy and offsetting more than 930,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum during its operational lifetime. 

Economic Benefits

Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm will provide community benefits during the lifetime of the wind farm, totalling £20m, through an annual fund of £500,000. However this will discussed in detail directly with the local host communities and Community Councils.  

The proposed wind farm development will also create new employment opportunities and support local businesses through Community Windpower’s ‘Buy Scottish’ policy. We anticipate this to generate approximately 250 jobs. Further details on this policy can be seen here

In total we expect to be contributing more than £280m to local communities, through the community benefit fund, business rates to Dumfries and Galloway Council (around £6.55m a year, totalling £262m), and other community support activities during the lifetime of the wind farm.

Public Exhibitions

In accordance with Government guidelines on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we have had to cancel the Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm exhibitions, due to be held on the 31st March and 1st and 2nd April.

We will look at holding them in the coming months, subject to the appropriate guidance from government on the virus.

In the absence of the scheduled public exhibitions, we're looking at alternative ways to present information regarding the proposed wind farm.

 

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