Renewable energy project developer Muirhall Energy has confirmed plans to partner with WWS Renewables to develop the 46MW Crossdykes Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway.
Published on 2 September, the project is expected to produce first power in September 2020 and could become one of the first subsidy-free developments in the UK, supporting more than 45,000 homes.
Muirhall Energy has offered the local community the chance to buy up to 10% of the project via a community share offer.
Commenting on the announcement, Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse said: “This is a landmark moment for onshore wind in Scotland, in fulfilling a key policy objective we set within Scotland’s Energy Strategy, and I very much hope this will be followed by many more similar developments as we seek to address the climate emergency.”
Chris Walker, Managing Director of Muirhall Energy, said: “However, access to the Contract for Difference or some other support mechanism would make a huge difference to the economics of the sector, encouraging the build-out of some of the more challenging consented sites, therefore ensuring onshore wind makes the biggest possible contribution to meeting our net zero climate change targets whilst keeping bills down for consumers.”