Our proposal

  • Up to 11-turbine wind farm
  • On moorland at Rickarton located approximately 6.5km to the north west of Stonehaven and 11 km south east of Banchory
  • The Craigneil proposal will generate enough electricity for around 24,900 homes
  • Low carbon energy.  The estimated carbon dioxide emission saving over grid mix electricity generation for the Craigneil Wind Farm would be 30,012 tonnes per year*
  • The turbines will be a maximum of 135 metres high to the tip of the blades
  • In addition to the turbines, the wind farm will consist of a substation and control building, a permanent meteorological mast, access from the A957 and access tracks serving the turbine locations
  • At the end of the schemes design life, the turbines will either be replaced (subject to planning), or decommissione

 

*The calculation methodology used is consistent with that published by the Rural and Environment Research and Analysis Directorate of the Scottish Government, and utilises the Scottish Government carbon calculator (version 1.4.0).

Why Craigneil?

  • Site was selected after a lengthy process to identify potential wind farm sites across the UK
  • Considering landscape sensitivities as well as planning, environmental and technical criteria.
  • The site is an exposed location, with predominantly open moorland currently used for low intensity grazing
  • Has good wind speeds and no national or international statutory designations.
  • Comprehensive studies into the potential environmental effects of the wind farm are contained in the Environmental Statement which accompanies the submitted planning application.7
  • Good location
  • Infrastructure – electricity and road networks close by
  • The project will not receive any government subsidies i.e. Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs)

site-location

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Construction

  • If consented, construction of the wind farm will last approximately 18 months depending on weather conditions and ecological considerations
  • Activities largely restricted to the site itself
  • Construction traffic will access the site off the main A957, following a new access track
  • Delivery of larger components will be subject to agreement with the local authorities to minimise delays on public roads.