Fred. Olsen Renewables seeks to repower Windy Standard Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway

Fred. Olsen Renewables has launched plans to repower the first phase of Windy Standard Wind Farm located 9km north east of Carsphairn and 10km south of New Cumnock. The proposals, which are at the early stages, explore opportunities to remove the existing 36 turbines on the site and replace them with up to nine wind turbines with a height of up to 200m to tip – generating more electricity from fewer turbines.

Windy Standard Wind Farm is Scotland’s first consented wind farm, and has been in operation for over 25 years. The new plans help to demonstrate how Fred. Olsen Renewables can continue to operate the wind farm with fewer turbines, increasing electricity production all while allowing the company to continue to invest in the local community and economy.

Local residents are invited to log onto an online consultation, launching Monday 21st June, where they can view and feedback on the proposals at www.windystandardwindfarm.co.uk.

The consultation will also explore the opportunities to re-use the turbine components that will be removed from the site. Fred. Olsen Renewables is encouraging the local community and stakeholders to work with them to identify how a unique concept for the local area can be brought forward, focussing on sustainability and creativity.

Miles McConville, Project Manager at Fred. Olsen Renewables, commented:

“We want to work alongside the local community to ensure that our plans are the best fit possible for the area. This virtual consultation is an excellent opportunity for anyone to learn more about our proposals and the potential they have to reduce the number of turbines on site, whilst increasing how much electricity is being generated.

“The plans can also deliver a range of benefits locally. This includes a community benefit fund that will provide over £7.5m throughout the lifespan of the project, and the reuse of the existing turbines to deliver a sustainable project locally. Be it a playpark or a wildlife hide, we are excited about the potential this can bring to the area.

“I would like to encourage everyone to visit the website, view the proposals and get in touch should they have any questions.”

Live and interactive chat events will be accessible at
www.windystandardwindfarm.co.uk

Monday 21st June
5pm – 7pm

Wednesday 23rd June
5pm – 7pm

Anyone that is unable to attend the virtual chat, or view the materials online is encouraged to:
• Set up a discussion. Text/call 07435 763 900 to set up a discussion. The team can be on hand to discuss the plans with you, and this includes after 5pm.

• Answer your questions via communities@fredolsen.co.uk

• Provide additional information on memory stick/printed copies. Send your request to communities@fredolsen.co.uk or text/ call 07435 763 900.