Whiteneuk Wind Farm Proposal
Located approximately 5km south of Moniaive, this proposed onshore wind farm could consist of up to 35 turbines with a combined capacity of 200MW.
Proposals are at an early stage, with a detailed scoping report submitted to the Scottish Government in June 2020 stating our intention to conduct an environmental impact assessment.
Following Vattenfall’s multi-million pound investment in South Kyle Wind Farm, and together with our proposals for Quantans Hill, Whiteneuk reflects Vattenfall’s continued investment in and commitment to bringing socio-economic opportunities to South West Scotland.
In exploring Whiteneuk’s potential, Vattenfall is keen to hear from local communities. Despite the restrictions of Covid-19, we are committed to the very best engagement with communities. To ensure public safety, this will be undertaken remotely and online with face-to-face engagement as soon as it is once again safe to do so.
Our scoping report will be published here shortly and will include details of the initial proposals. These plans will now go on to be shaped by the outcome of the Environmental Impact Assessment and by engagement with stakeholders including local communities.
The proposed site lies approximately 5km south of Moniaive, and 7.5km west of Dunscore. The land is a mix of upland commercial forestry and grazing. It has long been identified as highly suitable for wind power generation, with areas of the site subject to previous proposals by other developers. Vattenfall has carefully studied these earlier plans, learned from them and developed a scheme designed to offer maximum benefit in terms of fossil-free energy generation, community investment, environmental impact, and socio-economic opportunities.
In short, our proposal for Whiteneuk Wind Farm might consist of 35 turbines, up to a height of 250m. This would enable Whiteneuk to generate an estimated 613,000MWh, enough to power the equivalent of 180,000 homes. It is possible the scheme may be smaller than this in terms of both number and size of turbines as we undertake environmental surveys and reflect on stakeholder feedback.
Download the scoping report
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.
Vattenfall is one of Europe’s leading energy suppliers with 20,000 employees. Owned by the Swedish state, for over a century we have worked to electrify society. In the UK, we have been developing projects since 2008, investing more than £3.5billion in enough wind to power 700,000 homes.
Today, Vattenfall is driven by the ambition to enable fossil free living within a generation. Our biggest UK wind farm will be at South Kyle, to the north of Dumfries and Galloway. Construction of this multi-million pound investment will commence later this year, bringing significant economic opportunity to South West Scotland, and heralding a major community investment.
Besides our determination to drive economic opportunity for the region, Vattenfall is committed to enhancing and protecting the natural environment. This will be at the heart of our considerations when exploring Whiteneuk Wind Farm’s potential.
Following the submission of Whiteneuk Wind Farm’s scoping report, a programme of engagement with the relevant authorities will commence. This will include community organisations and representatives.
Meanwhile, environmental consultants Ramboll will commence work on a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment.
From 26 June to 31 August 2020 Vattenfall ran an early online feedback survey. Our key findings are available in our consultation report.
We very much welcome your feedback and over the coming months, Vattenfall will be discussing our proposals with local communities. Due to COVID-19 these will be held online. To be kept informed please sign up below.
You can also email the development team directly.