Vattenfall in South West Scotland

Quantans Hill Wind Farm

Vattenfall is proposing the development of Quantans Hill Wind Farm, a site around 2km north east of Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway now comprising of 14 turbines to a maximum tip height of 200m.

Vattenfall’s proposals were first published in June 2020 for 21 turbines at up to 250m tall. Since then extensive local consultation and analysis has fed into our comprehensive design review. The proposals have now been finalised and will be submitted to Planning in late 2021.

Number of turbines 14
Total installed capacity Around 90MW
Average annual homes equivalent Around 80,000
Equivalent reductions in CO2 each year Around 125,000 tonnes
Estimated community benefits value over project lifetime £13 million
Estimated operation life 30 years
Status Planning

Our final designs also include further information about the location of permanent infrastructure needed to operate the wind farm, including access tracks, a meteorological monitoring mast, an electricity substation and operations centre, as well as temporary works needed to build the wind farm which will be reinstated at the end of construction, including temporary compounds, concrete batching, and borrow pits for excavating stone.

Our goal is to build the best wind farm we can, one that strikes a balance between the need to generate more renewable energy to decarbonise our homes and businesses; the aspirations of local communities, and the protection of wildlife and the environment.

To find out more read on, and visit our Virtual Exhibition. 

Online Exhibition

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Designing the best wind farm we can

As part of Vattenfall’s comprehensive design review process, detailed environmental studies have greatly enriched our knowledge of Quantans Hill, and this, combined with feedback from the local community, has enabled Vattenfall to design a better, more sensitive wind farm layout.

Local feedback helped us design the best wind farm we can, reducing turbines from 21 to 14; lowering the maximum tip height from 250m to 200m; and removing and repositioning turbines to better protect water courses and both public and private water supplies, deep peat, heritage and natural heritage whilst mitigating visual and noise cumulative impact. We also integrated public access features to our proposals in response to local feedback.

Evolution of the site design

View a short video animation showing the evolution of the site design.

Why Quantans Hill

By reducing the scale of Quantans Hill Wind Farm, we believe the development will have a significantly reduced impact on the landscape and visual setting, whilst still offering:

  • an effective and efficient location to help Scotland and the UK proceed towards a fossil fuel free future;
  • millions of pounds in community benefits for the local area over the projects lifetime;
  • significant socio-economic benefits through Vattenfall’s investment in south west Scotland;
  • an opportunity to protect and enhance archaeological assets and natural habitats in and around the site;
  • responding to the community’s requests to improve recreational access to the hills;
  • reduced impact for those living closest to the wind farm;
  • incorporated key lighting features to meet aviation safety requirements whilst mitigating the impact on the night sky.

Read our FAQs document to find out more about our proposals.

Your community benefits 

If approved, Quantans Hill will generate significant benefits for local communities – worth an estimated £13 million over 30 years*

Vattenfall’s ethos emphasizes working closely with local people to bring lasting, sustainable value to the communities which host our developments, and at Quantans Hill we are keen to explore a flexible strategic approach with the capacity to tackle ideas which require big, upfront investment. To this end, we have commissioned a Community Development Strategy to help identify key issues and strategic objectives for the local community.

Following initial research and consultation with key stakeholders and survey of the broader community, a Community Development Strategy has been proposed for Quantans Hill Wind Farm and can be read here. We will return to discuss the next stage for the Community Development Strategy with the community following a planning decision by Scottish Ministers.

*based on current Scottish Government guidance, scheme design, and expected project lifetime

Why wind power?

Scotland has set its goal to reach net zero by 2045, and renewable energy projects such as this will provide the platform for the decarbonisation of homes, businesses and transport needed to reach this ambition. Onshore wind can make a significant contribution, and we can deploy more powerful turbines than ever before.

Onshore wind is now the cheapest way to generate electricity of any kind. Across the UK, there is already around 14GW of onshore wind built and it is now one of the cornerstones of the UK electricity mix. It is estimated that by 2030, 30GW of onshore wind will be required to meet our climate targets at the lowest cost to the consumer.

Onshore wind also brings benefits to host communities and the broader economy. We will offer a community investment package in line with Scottish Government guidance for local communities to invest in the priorities which matter to them. Across the economy, there are many opportunities for Scottish businesses to get involved. Vattenfall estimates that 70% of our onshore wind expenditure has been spent with British businesses, ranging from environmental studies and civil engineering through to site security and catering. If you think your business could supply these projects, please let us know.

Maximising socio-economic opportunities for South West Scotland 

As part of our strategic approach to South West Scotland, Vattenfall is committed to maximising opportunities for local jobs, skills and businesses.

Vattenfall is a key partner in enabling the UK to reach net zero, and a significant investor in Scotland. Currently, we are building South Kyle Wind Farm to the north of Carsphairn, a 50 turbine development employing and supporting many local jobs and businesses. Elsewhere in south west Scotland, we are also developing proposals for a wind farm at Whiteneuk, north of Corsock. Together with our plans for Quantans Hill, Vattenfall recognises the potential for south west Scotland to become a green energy hub and unlock the economic potential of the area. 

To achieve this, we strive to not only buy local wherever feasible, but to create opportunities for individuals and businesses to become part of the green transition economy. Our projects work with local schools and colleges to support careers development, and with employability teams to identify and support upskilling for both current and future opportunities. 

We also proactively seek out local business and enterprises who can help us build our wind farm, and celebrate those who do. Read more about this and meet some of businesses helping us build South Kyle Wind Farm, here

What’s next?

Vattenfall’s proposals for Quantans Hill Wind Farm have now been finalised and will soon be submitted to the Planning Authorities and enter the formal consultation period.

As part of this, copies of the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment will be made available on this page and in the community. Details will be posted here shortly.

In the meantime, Vattenfall continue to welcome feedback, comments, questions and suggestions, so please get in touch either via the feedback form below or direct to quantanshill.windfarm@vattenfall.com

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Scoping Report 

In June 2020, we submitted our scoping report for Quantans Hill Wind Farm. This set out our initial plans (now superseded by the refined plans described above) and how we would go about assessing them. The report is available to view in the links below. 

Quantans Hill Wind Farm Scoping Report 2020 Quantans - Figure 4 - ZTV to tip height
Quantans - Figure 1 - Site Layout Location Quantans - Figure 5 - Ornithological Survey Areas
Quantans - Figure 2 - Regional Context Quantans - Figure 6 - Vantage Point Locations and Viewsheds
Quantans - Figure 3 - Site Constraints  

 

News about the project

See also

Image of a female Vattenfall worker hanging in a safety rope on the side of a wind turbine.

South Kyle Wind Farm is a 50 turbine onshore wind project

Whiteneuk Wind Farm proposal is an onshore wind farm project in South West Scotland

Image of a female Vattenfall worker hanging in a safety rope on the side of a wind turbine.

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