Corri Wilson – the recently-elected SNP MP for Ayr – has made a fact-finding visit to the Hadyard Hill wind farm in her constituency.
Hadyard Hill is located in South Ayrshire, approximately 7km to the east of Girvan town and 3km to the north of the village of Barr. It has capacity to generate enough renewable electricity to power around 82,550 homes.
At the time of construction Hadyard Hill was the UK’s biggest onshore wind farm and the first to generate at over 100MW. The community benefit package for the existing site provides £135,000 per year to community and charitable projects in South Ayrshire.
Owner SSE also has plans in development for a 31-turbine extension to Hadyard Hill which would increase the capacity of the site by over 100MW.
If this proceeds as currently proposed, it would deliver a welcome boost to the existing community benefit fund of a further £500,000 every year.
Wilson said: “I was delighted to be able to see the Hadyard Hill site for myself. Recent figures have shown the growing strength of Scotland’s renewables industry and the incredible strides Scotland is making in producing clean, sustainable energy, and this site is part of that. Green energy plays a vital role in meeting our energy needs.
“I am mindful of the diverse needs of our rural communities, and expanding the site here at Hadyard Hill must add to the local area, not detract from it.
“It is important that the people living in this area have their voices heard, and any concerns addressed. Having met with the team here at SSE, I am confident they will work hard to take concerns on board and make adjustments to their plans as necessary.”