Renewable energy developer, RES has submitted an application for Keirs Hill Wind Farm, near Patna in East Ayrshire.
The 17-turbine project will have an installed maximum capacity of 58 megawatts (MW) and an application has therefore been submitted to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents and Deployment Unit under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989.
The submission follows an extensive period of consultation led by RES, which included a series of public exhibitions in held earlier this year in Damellington, Patna, and Straiton.
RES anticipates that Keirs Hill Wind Farm could result in the investment of £4.7 million in the local economy during construction and the first year of operation. It will also provide a community benefits package of more than £255,000 per year, index linked. This will be split between a Community Benefit Fund for investment in local projects and RES’ innovative Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS), which provides an annual discount on electricity bills to nearest neighbours. More information about LEDS at Keirs Hill Wind Farm will be announced shortly.
Graeme Kerr, RES Project Manager, said: “We have made changes to our original layout and we have submitted an application for Keirs Hill Wind Farm that we think is suitable for the area. Keirs Hill will make a valuable contribution to Scotland’s renewable energy targets and provide significant economic benefits for the local area.”
The Scottish Government’s Energy Consents and Deployment Unit is now undertaking a formal consultation process, during which people will have a further opportunity to comment on the wind farm proposal.