Vattenfall is exploring the potential of two new wind farms South West Scotland along with a battery-powered storage facility at each site.
The Whiteneuk wind farm project is situated approximately 5 kilometers south of Moniaive and will consist of up to 35 wind turbines. The Quantans Hill wind farm project, located about 2 kilometers north-east of the village of Carsphairn, will consist of up to 21 wind turbines. Each turbine could have a blade tip height of up to 250 meters.
New onshore wind is the cheapest way to produce electricity, and recent plans from Vattenfall for South West Scotland may also make a significant contribution to Scotland’s net zero ambitions.
“South West Scotland has the potential to become a green energy hub. South Kyle, Quantans Hill and Whiteneuk can play a major part in helping to power Scotland towards net zero and provide green shoots of recovery from the economic damage of Covid-19.
“Vattenfall wants to work with local communities, suppliers and partners to not only co-ordinate how our investments might benefit specific localities, but also to explore and create significant opportunities for South West Scotland.”Frank Elsworth, Vattenfall’s UK development director for onshore wind.
“Although these proposals are at an early stage, we are keen to hear from local communities at the earliest opportunity. Over the coming months, we will be liaising with community groups and representatives to discuss the proposals and take comments, questions and suggestions. We have also created online feedback surveys, and we welcome views from as many local people as possible.”Carol Kane, Vattenfall’s local liaison officer, South West Scotland.