Our work with Forestry Commission Scotland
Partnerships for Renewables (PfR), the Carbon Trust Enterprise business set up in 2007 to work with the public sector to develop, construct and operate renewable energy projects, is currently investigating the potential for wind energy projects on a number of Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) sites.
In October 2009, the Commission split the national forest estate into six separate regions with the intention of appointing commercial partners to help it investigate and deliver wind energy projects. PfR were appointed in early 2010 to cover the Borders and central belt area and have been working with the Commission over the past three years to explore a number of sites including Heathland.
In July 2013, we submitted a scoping report outlining our plans for the site.
Over the past few years, we have been collating all the relevant information required for an Environmental Impact Assessment. We have engaged with a number of consultees and have also held public events to share our project plans with members of the public.
Materials used at the most recent events in Auchengray and Forth in November 2015, can be viewed below. This includes the new layout which proposes a wind farm of 20 turbines with an installed capacity of 68MW.
A section 36 application was submitted in early 2016 and can be viewed here.
Following submission of this planning application, further information was submitted in the form of an addendum in September 2016. This was to reflect a reduction in the number of turbines from 20 to 17, as well as to address issues regarding private water supplies in the surrounding area. This addendum can be viewed here.
As with all our FCS projects, a community benefit package of £5k per installed MW will be offered as well as the opportunity for communities to invest in the project.