- How did you find this site?
- Isn't this the same place where the 48 turbine Clash Gour project has been proposed?
- Where exactly will the turbines go?
- How tall will the turbines be?
- What else in the area stands as high?
- Where are the nearest residential properties (non-involved)?
- Is there a met mast on site?
- Is this the final number of turbines, or will there be more in the future?
- When will construction begin?
- When will construction be completed?
About The Developer
Who are Airvolution?
Airvolution are an independent onshore wind developer with offices in Scotland and England. Our team’s combined experience is over 80 years (or 2 Gigawatts) of onshore wind projects across the UK. Since being established in 2010, we have built eleven wind farm projects, and signed a development services agreement with Statkraft at the end of 2017.
Does Airvolution have any other projects in the area?
Not currently. In the past we have developed and constructed eleven projects across England, Scotland and Wales since 2013. In Scotland this includes Middle Balbeggie, Mossmorran (both in Fife) and Kinegar (Scottish Borders).
Who are Statkraft and why weren’t they at the consultation?
Statkraft operate and majority own the existing Berry Burn Wind Farm. Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, actively looking to expand their renewable energy generation in Scotland with an additional 300MW. Over the last 10 years they have invested over £200million in renewable energy infrastructure in Scotland. Over £1.6 million has been distributed to communities near their wind farms through local Community Benefit Funds in Scotland.
Project Overview And Timeline
How did you find this site?
Airvolution have been continually searching for suitable wind farm sites across Scotland, part of this search included looking at Statkraft’s existing sites to add extensions to these. Scottish Government policy points developers towards extending sites which are one way of minimising visual impact.
Isn't this the same place where the 48 turbine Clash Gour project has been proposed?
No, ours is a different proposal to Clash Gour. That project is for 48 wind turbines being proposed by Force 9 Energy & EDF. Our project is for up to 10 turbines and is being developed through a partnership between Airvolution and Statkraft, who built, own and operate the existing Berry Burn Wind Farm.
Where exactly will the turbines go?
The dots on the map show a proposed layout located to the east of the existing Berry Burn Wind Farm. As we do more studies throughout this year, that is likely to slightly change.
How tall will the turbines be?
We are proposing a maximum of 150 metres to blade tip. This maximises the output of the turbines without the need to install aviation lighting. We will hold another public exhibition to show the final project plan in detail where you can discuss this and more with the project team. If you have any questions in the meantime please register to our website and use the “Any Questions?” tab on the Berry Burn Extension homepage. Note the question and answer may be published to the website.
What else in the area stands as high?
The best indicator for the height is to look at the Rothes2 wind turbines, which are up to 125m. The tallest turbines built in Scotland are Middle Muir in South Lanarkshire, 15 x 150m.
Where are the nearest residential properties (non-involved)?
The closest residential property to the extension is over 3km (almost 2miles) to the nearest residential property. There are fewer than 20 residential properties within 4km of the nearest turbine (operational or proposed).
Is there a met mast on site?
Yes, there is a met mast of the existing site measuring the performance of the operational site. We may have to install a met mast on the extension site in the future but there is none located on the extension site at the moment.
Is this the final number of turbines, or will there be more in the future?
At the moment this is what we think is possible on this site. Radars at Lossiemouth impact on the north of the site, with no mitigation solution currently available.
When will construction begin?
As a general guide it could be operating by 2023 if it is approved.
When will construction be completed?
Construction typically takes 9-12 months.
Will the project be noisy?
There are strict noise limits and monitoring takes place after construction. We are working with Moray Council’s Environmental Health Section to agree how we will assess potential noise impacts. The results of all studies will be available to view when a planning application is submitted.
Will there be any impact on wildlife?
Ongoing monitoring at Berry Burn Wind Farm provides extensive knowledge of the ecology. Independent experts have started surveys and working with Scottish Natural Heritage. We will need to demonstrate that significant impacts on protected or notable species and habitats will be avoided. Our aim is to deliver increased improvements and show a biodiversity gain.
What about traffic during construction?
We are very aware of the need to minimise the impact on local residents during construction. Same routes will be used as for the construction of Berry Burn. Larger turbine components may require widening along certain sections of the route. No commercial forestry will be removed that can also cause traffic disruption. Options still being evaluated - do you have feedback?
Will turbine lights be required?
No.The turbines proposed will be less than 150m tall, therefore aviation lighting will not be required.
How much electricity will this scheme generate?
The extension will generate 104GWh a year, that is the equivalent of consumption of over 27,000 homes. These 10 turbines will produce 50% of the electricity of the existing 29 turbine site.
Will the wind farm create any local jobs?
The biggest opportunity is during construction phase. Airvolution have prioritised local suppliers during this phase time. We have won an award for doing this at Anglesey. We want local suppliers nearest to the project deserve to benefit first and foremost. Any potential suppliers are encouraged to make themselves known to the team. The Altyre Estate are keen to ensure the project fosters economic enterprise, we would like to hear your ideas.
Will there be a community fund?
Yes. If the project is approved and the turbines installed, they will generate around £175,000 per year to local community groups and projects (based on ten 3.5MW turbines, and £5,000 per MW installed).
The 29 wind turbines at Berry Burn Wind Farm currently distribute over £170,000 to the Berry Burn Community Fund. The next deadline for funding applications is 16th September.
We look forward to hearing your ideas about how
additional funding could be managed and allocated, you
can let us know your ideas by registering to our website and contacting us.
How can I find out more about the existing Berry Burn Community Fund?
Since the Berry Burn Wind Farm started operating in 2014, the Fund has distributed almost £860,000 to more than 100 local groups, projects and initiatives. Communities are invited to apply for funding, and funding awards are made three times a year. The deadline for the next round of funding is Monday 7 May - more information can be found at www.berryburncommunityfund.co.uk
Please come along to our exhibitions between 21-23 March, we'd love to hear your ideas for how additional community funding could be put to good use.
Consulting The Community
How were the exhibitions advertised?
We wanted to make sure that as many people as possible knew about our face to face engagement events. This included:
- individually mailing homes within 10km with a project newsletter
- public notices in the Northern Scot, Aberdeen Press & Journal and Forres Gazette
- digital advertising on local media
- posters for Community Council noticeboards
- posters to community and commercial premises within a 15km radius
What was on display at the exhibition?
As our plans are at a very early stage, we are more interested in finding out what the local community have to say than telling you what we think. Public feedback at this stage is always very useful to ensure we can design the best site.
We showed an initial turbine layout to help facilitate discussions about the site and how the final project could look. We also had landscape and visual specialists available to show wireframes of how that layout could look from specific locations you will be familiar with.
We will hold another public exhibition to show the final project in detail before it is submitted to the Scottish Government. This is likely to be late 2019/early 2020.
We look forward to seeing you there.