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?

Statkraft operate and majority own the existing Berry Burn Wind Farm. Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, they are actively looking to expand their renewable energy generation in Scotland with an additional 300MW. 

Over the last 10 years, Statkraft have invested over £200 million 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. You can read more about them at www.statkraft.co.uk

To find out more about the existing community fund for Berry Burn Wind Farm, visit www.berryburncommunityfund.co.uk

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.  Indeed, Scottish Government policy points developers towards extending existing sites. 

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 here show a proposed layout located to the east of the existing Berry Burn Wind Farm. As we do more studies throughout this year, the exact location of the turbines 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.

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 tall to blade tip. 

The tallest turbines built in Scotland are Middle Muir in South Lanarkshire, consisting of 15 x turbines at 150 metres.

Where are the nearest residential properties (non-involved)?

The closest residential property to the extension is around 3km (almost 2 miles). 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 on the Berry Burn Wind Farm site measuring the performance of the operating turbines. 

We may have to install a met mast on the extension site in the future but there are no plans to locate one 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 the proposed plan shown at our exhibtion is is what we think is possible on this site.  

Radars at Lossiemouth impact on the ability to place turbines on the north of the site. There may be a technological solution to this at some stage, but with no solution currently available we are not proposing turbines in that area.

When will construction begin?

There are various factors which mean we can't give an exact answer to this question. As a general guide it could be operating by 2023 if it is approved. 

When will construction be completed?

For a wind farm of this size, construction typically takes 9-12 months.

Potential Impact

Will the project be noisy?

There are strict noise limits we have to adhere to, and monitoring takes place after construction to ensure the project stays within these limits. 

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 we are 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. It is likely that the same routes will be used as for the construction of Berry Burn Wind Farm.  Due to larger turbine components, certain sections of the route may require widening. 

No commercial forestry will be removed that can also cause traffic disruption. The options are still being evaluated  - tell us your 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?

Our calculations show that an extension as proposed in the exhibition materials would generate 104 GWh a year - that is the equivalent to the average annual consumption of over 27,000 homes. 

Due to the rapid advances in turbine technology, ten additional turbines would produce electricity equivalent to the output of 15 of the existing turbines.

Local Benefits

Will the wind farm create any local jobs?

Statkraft have an onsite maintenance team based in Forres, however the biggest opportunity to bring local jobs is during the construction phase. 

In the past we have prioritised local suppliers during construction and are proud winners of the Wales Green Energy Awards for our approach. We think local suppliers nearest to our projects deserve to benefit first and foremost. Please contact us if you are a local company interested in being a supplier, or if you would like to suggest a company we could contact.

We would like to hear your ideas as to how our project can foster economic enterprise.

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 generate over £170,000 to the Berry Burn Community Fund and some amazing projects and causes have already benefited from this. Visit www.berryburncommunityfund.co.uk for more information on the existing fund and how to apply.

We look forward to hearing your ideas about how additional funding could be managed and allocated, you can let us know your ideas here.  

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.  More information can be found at www.berryburncommunityfund.co.uk

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
  • meetings with local stakeholders to discuss our engagement activity
More than 60 people were able to make it to one of our public events in March 2019. If would like to find out more information, however, please register, and contact us with your questions or comments.

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. You can download the project brochure here.

We will hold another public exhibition to show the final project in detail before we submit an application to the Scottish Government.