Project Description

The proposed Stranoch 2 wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway is located on a site on a site between New Luce and Barrhill.

An original application to develop a 24 turbine, 72MW wind farm on the site was consented in 2016. Since then EDF Renewables has developed a revised proposal to increase the productivity of the wind farm and a new application for the Stranoch 2 wind farm was submitted to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU) in October 2018.

The Stranoch 2 application was submitted in October 2018 and proposes a reduction in the number of turbines at the site from 24 (in the consented wind farm) to 20, with a mixture of tip heights and rotor diameters, to provide a wind farm:

with a generating capacity of approximately 84MW;

that would meet the average annual domestic electricity requirements of approximately 49,000 homes.

Consultation responses to the application requested Supplementary Environmental Information (SEI) on private water supplies, peat slide risk assessment and the habitat management plan which was submitted in May 2019.

Following the submission of this information, Dumfries and Galloway Council raised a holding objection in December 2019 based on concerns over the landscape and visual impacts arising from the location of five turbines and aviation lighting on some of the turbines.

To address these points, EDF Renewables has undertaken a comprehensive review of the options for these five turbines. This work has involved a full examination of the landscape and visual benefits of relocating turbines and adjusting their heights, alongside an assessment of other environmental impacts and reductions to aviation lighting.

EDF Renewables has provided information to support an alternative layout designed to address the concerns raised by Dumfries and Galloway Council.  This includes different locations and heights for the five turbines highlighted in the council’s response from those set out in the original application.

This alternative layout comprises:

A southern group of eight turbines. One turbine has a proposed height of up to 140m to blade tip, one turbine has a proposed height of up to 142.5m and six turbines have proposed heights of up to 149.9m to blade tip.

A northern group of twelve turbines. One turbine of up to 140m to blade tip, one turbine of up to 142.5m, one turbine of up to 149.9m and nine turbines with heights of up to 175m to blade tip.

The Additional Information relating to the original Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed new layout has been submitted to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit. EIA consultees will be formally notified of the proposed changes and will be given the appropriate period in which to respond to the alternative layout and additional environmental informaiton.

All documentation relating to the original Stranoch 2 application, the Supplementary Environmental Information submitted in May 2019 and the latest Additional Information to the EIA is provided in the downloads section below.

Questions and Answers

If the application is successful, EDF Renewables would establish a community benefit fund for the wind farm when it becomes operational.  It would be established in line with the Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments.

EDF Renewables supports the principles of shared ownership that gives local community groups and organisations the opportunity to invest in and share in the profit generated by wind farms. Initial contact has been made with a number of local groups who are interested in such an opportunity. Local Energy Scotland is aware of the scheme and is available to provide impartial and independent advice on fund raising and all related shared ownership matters.

Further Information

Any Questions?
If you have any questions on the proposed Stranoch wind farm scheme or require any other information on the scheme, please phone:

Freephone 0800 048 4647

or e-mail info@edf-er.com.

EDF Renewables
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144 Morrison Street
Edinburgh
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