Vattenfall in South West Scotland

South Kyle Wind Farm

South Kyle is a consented onshore wind farm consisting of 50 wind turbines and associated infrastructure.  The project is located 5km to the east of Dalmellington, lying within both East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

Number of turbines 50
Total installed capacity 240MW
Average annual homes equivalent 170,000
Equivalent annual reductions in CO2 300,000 tonnes
Estimated community benefits value over project lifetime £38 million
Estimated operational life 25 years
Status In construction

 

Construction commenced in late 2020 with the focus on felling, civil engineering and infrastructure ahead of turbine installation in 2022. Read more about the many businesses from across the local area, region and throughout Scotland who are helping us to build South Kyle Wind Farm here.

South Kyle Wind Farm, one of the first foundations

One of the first turbine foundations installed at South Kyle Wind Farm

Community Benefits

Once constructed, South Kyle Wind Farm will generate a community investment fund worth an estimated £38million over the lifetime of the wind farm. 

Ahead of that, Vattenfall is working with the local communities of Carsphairn, Dalmellington, Patna and New Cumnock to develop a bespoke fund arrangement reflecting local priorities and aspirations, a process which will be facilitated by our partners Foundation Scotland.  

The process so far

To build the foundations of the South Kyle Wind Farm Community Investment Fund, we must first understand what local people want the Fund to achieve. 

Following initial research, an online poll of local people was conducted in late 2020 (you can read the results here) and this, along with looking at existing local community action plans, helped identify some key themes and aspirations. We then hosted the first ‘Inform and Inspire’ workshops - opportunities for local people to find out more about the Fund, the process towards creating the Fund arrangements, and bring their ideas and questions to the discussion.

Some of the initial questions local people have asked us are answered in an FAQs document here.

Groups can also submit ideas for the through an Expression of Interest Form here. Submitting the form doesn't guarantee funding, but it will help inform overall plans for the Fund.  

Exploring key themes

Vattenfall invited the local community to join a series of discussions exploring some of the key themes already identified. These online sessions were also an opportunity to look at inspirational examples of projects from elsewhere in Scotland where community benefit has made a key contribution. The key themes identified are as follows:

Tourism and Heritage

How can the South Kyle Fund help communities make the most of the abundant physical and natural assets of the local area? 

Education and Training

What education and training opportunities exist and how might the South Kyle Fund build on these? For example, community benefit funds have been used to provide tailored support packages to individuals keen to develop their skills and employability and to support local businesses keen to provide apprenticeship opportunities. 

Tackling Housing Challenges

Could the South Kyle Fund help your communities take the lead in affordable housing? Investment in affordable housing is key to regenerating and sustaining communities.

Greening Communities

How can South Kyle communities adapt for climate change? Often it’s at the local level that we have the power to do something positive. 

Sport and Leisure, health and wellbeing

How might the Fund improve local opportunities for sports and leisure, enhance well being, and build community cohesion? What existing ideas could the Fund make a reality, and what new ideas could be considered?

If you have any questions about our work to develop the South Kyle Wind Farm Community Investment Fund, please contact suzy@foundationscotland.org.uk.

Job opportunities at South Kyle Wind Farm

We are working closely with all our suppliers to identify and publicise their job vacancies on site. If there are no vacancies the link will show a page stating 'no jobs found'.

You can sign up for regular email alerts to notify you when new job opportunities become available. You can also send your CV to southkyle.windfarm@vattenfall.com and we will forward it on to our suppliers.

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