Vattenfall in South West Scotland

Whiteneuk Wind Farm Proposal

Vattenfall is exploring the potential of Whiteneuk Wind Farm, a site located around 5km south of Moniaive and 3km north of Corsock comprising 27 turbines to a maximum tip height of 200m.

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 achieve this, our scheme design is undergoing rigorous review prior to submission to planning.

Since first publishing our initial plans in June 2020, and as part of Vattenfall’s comprehensive design process, extensive environmental data and local feedback has been gathered and fed into the design process. This has resulted in a refreshed, refined scheme layout (Design Iteration 2) – a wind farm sensitive to visual impact, wildlife and the environment.

Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm

Read on, and visit our Virtual Exhibition, to find out more. The proposals remain under review, and we will continue to gather local feedback throughout summer and autumn of 2021 before finalising the plans and submitting them to Planning. To submit your questions and comments, please use the feedback form at the foot of the page or get in touch here.  

Design Iteration 2 (May 2021)

This map shows the area we are looking at developing and marks the proposed location of the 27 turbines.

Refining our proposals

Vattenfall’s initial proposals for Whiteneuk Wind Farm consisted of 35 turbines of a tip height of up to 250m. That design was based on what we knew about the site’s capacity and known constraints such as slope, distance from water courses, known areas of deep peat, public water supplies and radio communications links.

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

Key changes to scheme design include:

  • Fewer turbines, down from 35 to 27;
  • Turbine height reduced from up to 250m to no more than 200m;
  • Turbines with particularly significant visual impact – especially as viewed from the north removed;
  • Turbines moved to protect water courses, birds, peat, cultural heritage assets, and to move further from residential properties.

By refining our plans, we believe that Whiteneuk Wind Farm can have a 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 project’s 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;
  • 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.

Watch this animated film to find out more about how we have refined our plans.

Find out more

Virtual Village Hall: This tool has been created to provide most of the information you might expect to find at a community event or exhibition including information boards and feedback opportunities, as well as virtual drive-throughs and other interactive features. You will also find information on Vattenfall’s approach to protecting and enhancing natural habitats; creating work, skills and business opportunities for local people, and delivering community benefits packages which maximise impact and reflect local needs and aspirations. To visit, please follow the link here.

Online Discussions: We have hosted a number of online sessions for local people to learn more about our initial proposals and to put their questions to our team. To watch the videos of the sessions, please click below:

Whiteneuk: discussing Vattenfall's proposals for a new wind farm (17/12/20)

Whiteneuk: community update (9/9/21)

Provide Feedback and Get Involved

Feedback on our proposals is very welcome and will help us design the best wind farm we can. For everyone’s health and wellbeing, we have postponed holding local events and meetings, and whilst we remain hopeful that 2021 may bring some easing of Covid restrictions, we remain committed to providing opportunities for local people to ask questions, discuss the plans and have opportunities to inform the project designs.

To provide feedback you can:

  • Complete our feedback form at the bottom of this page
  • Write to us at Vattenfall Wind Power, St Andrew's House, Haugh Lane, Hexham, NE46 3QQ
  • Email: whiteneuk.windfarm@vattenfall.com

Your community benefits

If approved, Whiteneuk Wind Farm will generate significant benefits for local communities.

Vattenfall’s values and ethos emphasise working closely with local people to ensure we are developing projects that can bring lasting, sustainable benefits for the communities which host them, and we believe these local communities should share in the rewards of natural wind resource.

At Whiteneuk, we could offer a flexible approach with the community’s support, and are keen to explore strategic community projects with the capacity to tackle ideas which require big, upfront investment. A dedicated consultation with local communities is now underway, looking at how cash generated by Whiteneuk could be used to help address key issues, for example, housing, energy efficiency or tourism asset development.

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 Quantans Hill, north east of Carsphairn. Together with our plans for Whiteneuk, 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. 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?

This current iteration of the design proposals may evolve further prior to planning. Should they do so we will publish the details here.

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 whiteneuk.windfarm@vattenfall.com.  

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Download the scoping report

Whiteneuk Scoping Report.pdf Whiteneuk - Figure 4b - ZTV_B
Whiteneuk - Figure 1 - Site Layout Whiteneuk - Figure 4c -_Designations_ZTV
Whiteneuk - Figure 2 - Regional Context Whiteneuk - Figure 5 - Ornithological Survey Areas
Whiteneuk - Figure 3 - Site Constraints Whiteneuk - Figure 6 - Vantage Point Locations and Viewsheds
Whiteneuk - Figure 4a - ZTV A  

 

News about the project

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.

2020 marks the start of the decade to think net zero. Find out more about what that means for the UK in this video.

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.

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

Image of a wind turbine located on a hill, in a green landscape with blue skies above.

Quantans Hill 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.

A regional approach focused on communities, opportunities and a fossil fuel-free future.