The New Cumnock Wind Cluster
New Cumnock has been at the heart of energy production for over a century with its long history of coal mining. In addition to coal reserves, the area has an excellent wind resource and – as energy production moves from fossil fuels to renewables – it has become a centre of national significance for onshore wind energy generation.
As schemes are developed, built and maintained they offer the opportunity of creating and sustaining local jobs by supporting local business.
While development can bring some challenges for the communities, this transition also creates many opportunities.
The New Cumnock Local Jobs and Business Register aims to maximise benefits for local people and businesses from the development, construction and maintenance of this new energy infrastructure.
Brockwell Energy Limited was formed in 2017 to raise investment capital to develop an £800 million portfolio of energy projects, predominantly in Scotland, on and around former coal mining and industrial sites. Brockwell’s focus is on a range of renewable technologies, including Energy-from-Waste (EfW), solar photovoltaics and onshore wind. We are also keen to explore the investment opportunities around other exciting projects such as battery storage and other flexible generation assets to support the government’s drive towards a low-carbon economy. To find out more, please visit: www.brockwellenergy.com.
REG Greenburn Limited is a joint venture between two well-established companies
- REG Power Management, established in 2005, is a developer, owner and operator of renewable energy projects, having developed and built over 1GW of operational wind and solar projects in the UK, Poland and Canada
- Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Ireland’s state-owned electricity utility company, has more than 7,000 employees and provides power to over 1.5 million customers
RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd is a privately owned Scottish company operating within the civil engineering market working through offices in Glasgow and Dingwall.
Since our formation in 1951 we have been associated with a variety of civil engineering disciplines. Today our portfolio includes site infrastructure, streetscaping, both local and national road construction, marine and waterways and energy/electrical.
With over 100 wind farms to our name (over 3500MW), and hydro energy experience dating back to the 1950s, we are one of the leading renewable energy construction companies in the country. We have proven design and build capabilities in wind, hydro, and wave energy as well as electrical grid works such as substations and underground cable routes.
Vattenfall is a European energy company whose mission is to enable fossil free living within a generation. We enable climate smarter living in a variety of different ways including onshore and offshore wind, solar power, district heating and hydrogen production.
We employ over 300 people in the UK and work hard to maximise opportunities for local businesses and people living in the areas and regions where our sites are developed. A commitment to maximising local content in both the workforce and supply chain is a key criteria in all our major contracts and our project teams work hard to ensure they work in partnership with local communities in the places where we invest.
Vattenfall is currently developing South Kyle Wind Farm, a 50 turbine project now under construction and located around 8 miles south east of New Cumnock. We are also developing exploring the potential of two further onshore wind farms in Dumfries and Galloway, as well as further projects elsewhere in Scotland.
The North Kyle Energy Scheme is a £220m wind scheme planned for development on and around the former Chalmerston and House of Water surface mining complex in East Ayrshire.
The project is owned by Brockwell Energy, and will encompass 49 wind turbines, representing one of the largest wind initiatives in Scotland, with the potential to generate approximately 481,350 MWh per year of renewable energy.
Brockwell Energy is committed to using local companies and staff wherever possible on the project. As well as sustainable development, the project will help restore derelict land and provide an economic boost to communities.
Employment and supplier opportunities will aid economic regeneration, boosting the local economy.
The communities will also benefit from community benefit funding as well as local jobs and supplier opportunities – Brockwell Energy has committed to £6m of funds upfront (boost funding) once the project reaches financial close, and over £1m per annum thereafter, representing a community fund of £39m over 25 years of operation (an unprecedented offer as far as we are aware for a wind energy project).
A planning application was submitted to Scottish Ministers in September 2019 and a decision is expected in early 2021.
If planning permission is granted, construction work is expected to begin in November 2022 with site investigations in 2021, the full construction phase starting in the second half of 2022 and completion and first commercial generation of energy anticipated in April 2024.
To find out more, please visit Brockwell Energy’s website.
The Proposal Summarised: The wind farm
- Comprises 16 turbines, with a maximum height of 149.9m with a capacity of 67.2MW
- Co-locates battery storage with the wind farm to maximise the use of the grid connection
- Has offered a community benefit fund, that will be developed and shaped by local people
- Is located approximately 4.5km from New Cumnock in an area with potential for wind development as identified in East Ayrshire Council’s Supplementary Planning Guidance and takes in some of the land earmarked for the East Ayrshire Coalfield Communities Landscape Project.
- Aspires to incorporate additional renewable energy technologies into an energy park on site, including ground-mounted Solar PV and a visitors’ centre/learning facility - if consented
Further information is available: https://www.greenburnwindpark.co.uk/about.
To find out how to become a supporting scheme, please take a look at the Register as a Supporter page.