New Muirhall South wind turbine farm scrapes through the renewable obligation subsidy cut-off 

Muirhall wind farm
Muirhall wind farm

The three-turbine Muirhall South wind turbine farm development in South Lanarkshire has been commissioned and is now live as of yesterday.

The project was approved on appeal to the Scottish Government last year and qualified under the Renewables Obligation – just before the subsidy was stopped by the UK government.

It will inject around a further £100,000 per year into the community’s worthy causes, further supporting the local and wider population. This is in addition to the current investment from the Muirhall Windfarm and Muirhall Windfarm Extension. The development investment for this project is expected to be circa £14 million.

Chris Walker, Managing Director, Muirhall Energy, said: “We are very pleased to have delivered these three turbines in such an exceptionally short period of time, with turbine supply agreements with GE reached in two-and-a-half weeks.

“A smooth financial process with Close Brothers assisted an early construction, enabling Muirhall Energy to have the turbines bought and erected in six months. In the current financial climate, this professionalism is greatly valued.

This fantastic achievement demonstrates the capabilities of the dynamic partnership of WWS Renewables and Muirhall Energy, and we look forward to the project becoming fully operational.”

Having already erected two Senvion 3.2MW machines with 147 metre tips at Muirhall Extension (Phase 2) – the tallest onshore turbines in the country at the time; Muirhall Energy and WWS Renewables have now installed three GE 2.75MW turbines at the project’s third phase – Muirhall South, consisting of the UK’s largest rotors at 120 metres.

Declan Cullinane, Account Manager for GE said: We are pleased with the progress onsite for the Muirhall southern extension using the GE2.75-120 turbines given the challenging weather over the winter period. The flexibility and pragmatic approach taken by both parties has ensured the project is delivered to its full potential.

This is the first project to cement the relationship between Muirhall Energy Ltd and GE Renewables, a relationship which we see growing in strength in the near future.”

Pixie Energy

Pixie logo Pixie Energy is an incubator and a facilitator of strategic research and project work, focusing on energy regulation, policy and markets at the local and national level. Find out more about Pixie Energy here.

Local Energy Matters: Scotland

Local Energy Matters: Scotland is a free-to-download brochure with a focus on energy tariffs in the two Scottish electricity distribution regions, as well news on local energy and low-carbon schemes.

Previous editions can be download here.

Scottish energy market overview

You can read an overview of the Scottish energy market here.

Scottish Government energy feed