CNOC BUIDHE Wind Energy Hub

LOCATION

The site is located approximately 10 km northwest of Campbelltown on the Kintyre Peninsula, Argyll & Bute. The site sits on the western side of Lussa Forest with Lussa Loch to the east.

PROJECT DETAILS

At this early stage we believe that the project will consist of up to 40 turbines with tip heights up to 200m and an energy storage facility (together referred to as a Wind Energy Hub). We will work hard to ensure that the design of the wind farm and the placement of turbines complement the topography of the site to minimise the visual impact.

PROJECT HISTORY

In 2019, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) investigated the potential for renewable energy generation across the land holdings that they manage on behalf of Scottish Ministers. This is in support of the Scottish Government’s desire to be a leader in tackling the global climate emergency. Expressions of Interest were requested from the renewable industry with consideration of all land under FLS ownership. Following detailed evaluation FLS selected the most suitable sites for tender and requested applications for these sites, as set out in the “Energy Offering 2019 for Renewable Energy Sites and Storage on Scotland’s National Forests and Land”. After a competitive and comprehensive tender process run by the FLS team – Belltown was selected as FLS’s development partner for the Cnoc Buidhe site.

CURRENT STAGE AND PROPOSED TIMELINE

The site is in early-stage development with Belltown Power’s Project Team working closely with FLS to carry out site surveys and site assessments. We are targeting 2024 for a full planning submission, with a view to starting construction in 2026, subject to consent.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

At Belltown Power we recognise a core part of good project development is early consultation to ensure local communities and stakeholders are given the opportunity to provide feedback and are kept informed of a project’s progress.

As part of this consultation process, we are excited to share initial project information for Cnoc Buidhe Wind Energy Hub and look forward to engaging with any questions you may have about the project. We ask that your questions be addressed to the project team, with your contact details included so that we can respond personally to your enquiry. You can contact the project team directly by emailing cnocbuidhe@belltownpower.com or complete our enquiry form here.

Once we have completed our initial surveys of the site and further developed the likely design envelope, we will hold Public Consultation events for you to share your views and thoughts. We will also engage with local Community Councils and other local stakeholders to achieve the best possible design outcome, seeking to maximize the opportunity for the local communities to benefit from this project.

Information on these events and further consultation will be posted here in due course.

COMMUNITY BENEFIT AND OWNERSHIP

Belltown Power fundamentally believes that onshore wind projects should benefit the communities that host them, regardless of whether the project is subsidised or not. Communities local to the Cnoc Buidhe Wind Energy Hub will benefit through our ground-breaking community ownership scheme:

• Offering local community organisations 1% of the equity in the project for free.
• Enabling them to buy a further 4% of the equity at cost once the project is operational.
• Offering them as much further ownership as they want to take at market value (up to a maximum 49% share of the equity)

We also commit to provide £5,000 per MW per annum (index linked) of Community Benefit. We want to hear your views on how Cnoc Buidhe Wind Energy Hub can best support your community.

EDUCATION AND LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

Belltown are passionate about education and the local environment. We will engage with schools local to the project with a view to offering visits to the project once operational if possible, as well as the other educational activities and resources provided through The Belltown Education Programme.

As with all of our projects, we will ensure that the Cnoc Buidhe Wind Energy Hub delivers a net ecological benefit through careful habitat design, creation and management. We will offer significant, capacity-linked peatland restoration and are exploring new woodland creation as part of our environmental enhancements.