Buccleuch and 2020 Renewables are together looking at the potential for a significant windfarm in the Lowther Hills between Sanquhar and Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway
The proposal is being developed by the North Lowther Energy Initiative Ltd (NLEI), a joint venture between Buccleuch Estates and 2020 Renewables and currently comprises up to 35 turbines each with a maximum output of between three and five megawatts (MW). The current grid connection contract is for a total of 151 MW.
If the project proceeds, the economic, environmental and community benefits could transform the area.
Discussions have taken place with the local community, local landowners, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Government.
NLEI has indicatedthat it will offer full community benefit and the opportunity to participate in shared ownership of the scheme in line with Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Shared Ownership of Onshore Renewable Energy Developments.
Foundation Scotland – a not-for-profit organisation – has been engaged by NLEI to work with local communities to develop ideas on how community benefit could be managed.
Should it progress, the scheme would create significant community benefit as well as 100-150 construction jobs over a four-year period with five to six full time equivalent operational jobs on completion.
The project would also see the creation of landscape-scale habitat management plans in addition to the wind farm development. It is expected an application will be made in 2017.
Further information relating to the project can be found on these web pages.