Muirhall Wind Farm

Muirhall Wind Farm is located in the Clydesdale area of central Scotland, on open plateau ground between the villages of Auchengray and Tarbrax.  In January 2008 the windfarm was granted planning approval by South Lanarkshire Council after a period of 34 months in the planning system, and started construcion in March 2010.

Through an innovative partnership arrangement with Lomond Energy, the project is unique in that it is the first windfarm in the area to be developed independently by a local landowner not only to diversify his and three neighbouring farms, but also to help develop the local community’s needs through a significant community benefit package worth almost £50,000 per year.  Finance came from the Co-op Bank, with equity from the Ventus Funds.

The six RePower MM92 turbines were completed in December 2010 and are now producing clean, green electricity.

Key Facts

Location:

Stallashaw Moss, near Auchengray, South Lanarkshire

Timeline:

Jan - Jun 04 Feasibility & environmental assessment
Mar 05 Planning application submitted
Jan 08 Planning application approved
Mar 10 Construction start
Jan 11 Commissioning

Current Status:

Operating

Size:

6 turbines, each 125m to blade tip, 12.3MW capacity

Local Benefits

  • Underpinning the future for 4 local farms through land rent
  • £49,200 per annum to local communities (£4,000 per MW)
  • Local jobs through construction and operational support
  • Improved public access to site

Environmental Benefits

  • 38 million units of carbon-free electricity annually, equivalent to the consumption of 8,000 homes
  • Creation of a habitat management plan to enhance the nature conservation value of the site through felling of commercial forestry, replacement planting with native trees and improvement of the quality of peat bog

Structure

Development Lomond Energy & Muirhall Farm
Finance Co-op Bank and Ventus VCT
Turbines RePower MM92 2.05MW
Balance of Plant Lagan Construction
Owners' Engineer Natural Power Consultants