South west Scottish areas of Galloway and Dumfries are the host of the Crossdykes Wind Farm expected to generate 46 megawatts courtesy of a partnership between WWS Renewables and Muirhall Energy. Once completed, the project will become Scotland’s first subsidy-free onshore wind farm of its own kind.
Close Brothers Leasing are funding the wind farm, which is made up of 10 Nordex-supplied turbines that will provide enough energy to power close to 45,000 households beginning September 2020 when the first power is expected to be generated.
According to Muirhall Energy, the subsidy-free project is one of the few in the UK expected to make significant contribution, particularly if the project was supported on issues surrounding the Contract for Difference. This will ensure the building of some of the sites already provided for the project. The onshore wind development will make its contribution in the area of climate change by offering clean energy while ensuring normal users pay less for energy.
10 per cent stake for local community
The local community has also received a 10 per cent stake from Muirhall to buy into the project through community-based share offers. Lots of local groups have responded in kind and involved in the assessment of the most prudent way of investing in the Wind Farm onshore project.
The Scottish Energy Islands and Connectivity government officials have welcomed the onshore wind energy project terming it a landmark moment for Scotland onshore wind; it will help meet some of the objectives of the Energy Strategy of the region and a key way of addressing the looming climate emergency.
Contract of Difference exclusions
Onshore wind has been recognised by the Scottish Government, especially in its net-zero ambitions and critical role in the regime’s energy mix and the economy of the region. A system of price stabilisation is expected to encourage the installation of additional similar wind projects to give consumers lots of options in cheap and clean energy.
According to the Scottish Government, if the UK government was to ensure that the Contract for Difference excluded established technologies from the auctions mechanism onshore wind could significantly deliver lots of its potential benefits faster and immensely.