Muirhall Energy’s community share-offering for its recently submitted wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway has been welcomed by a local community group. The scheme could see local communities own a share of up to 10% in the development.
Based in South Lanarkshire, Muirhall Energy has submitted a planning application for a 48MW wind energy development at Crossdykes, near Lockerbie. The company has been consulting in the local community for the past year and sees local community ownership playing a significant role in the project’s success.
Muirhall’s planning application, which was submitted to Dumfries & Galloway Council last month, features 15 turbines of up to 130m in height with each machine capable of producing up to 3.2MW.
The Upper Eskdale Development Group has just submitted an application to the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) fund for a start-up grant to explore the feasibility of investing in the project.
Alastair Yule, Project Manager, Muirhall Energy, said: “We are really excited about the shared ownership offering and have been working alongside Local Energy Scotland to help assist communities who are keen to find out more. We strongly believe that shared ownership is an important element in the success of this project.”
Nick Jennings from the Upper Eskdale Development Group, said: “We are very interested in the share offering for Muirhall’s Crossdykes project as we could be talking about significant returns on investment which would help underpin a number of long term sustainable community projects that we are working on.”
Madeline Crawford, Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway development officer for Local Energy Scotland commented: “Local Energy Scotland provides independent advice to communities considering involvement in renewable energy.
“Our support is provided through the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), funded by the Scottish Government. We are keen to support communities across Scotland to engage with developers on potential shared ownership projects such as this partnership with Muirhall Energy.”
Muirhall Energy is an independent energy company started in 2003 by businessman and Lanarkshire landowner Chris Walker.