RIVOX WINDFARM

LOCATION

The site is located in Rivox Forest in the northeast of Dumfries and Galloway on the border with South Lanarkshire and due west of the town of Moffat. The forest is a component of the larger Forest of Ae, situated in the northern most stretch behind a line of hills separating it from the Annan Valley and the A74.

PROJECT DETAILS

At this early stage we believe that the project will consist of up to 33 turbines varying in tip height from 180m to 230m. We will work hard to ensure that the design of the wind farm and the placement of turbines complements 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 Rivox Forest site.

CURRENT STAGE AND PROPOSED TIMELINE

The site is still in early stage development with Belltown Power’s Project Team working closely with FLS to carry out early site surveys and site assessments.

As part of this process Belltown Power has submitted a request for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping advice to the Scottish Governments Energy Consents Unit. Copies of the submitted documentation can be found in the ‘Project Documents’ section below and on the ECU website using reference number: ECU00003293

The planning submission date is targeted for 2024 with a view to starting construction in 2026.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

At Belltown Power we recognise a fundamental 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 Rivox wind farm 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: rivoxwindfarm@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 be holding Public Consultation events for you to share your views and thoughts.  We will also be engaging with local Community Councils and 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 Rivox Wind Farm will benefit through our ground-breaking community ownership scheme (which includes giving local community organisations 1% of the equity in the project for free as well as the opportunity to invest further at cost once the project is operational) and, in addition, through £5,000/MW of community benefit funds per year for the lifetime of the project

EDUCATION AND LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

Belltown 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 be ensuring that the Rivox Wind Farm delivers a net ecological benefit through careful habitat design, habitat creation and habitat management.