Longburn Going To Committee

The proposed Longburn Wind Farm on land east of Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway has been recommended for refusal by Dumfries and Galloway Council Officials.  

The proposed development is located approximately 6 km due east of Carsphairn and consists of ten turbines.  Each turbine would have a blade tip height of 134m and a capacity of up to 2MW, giving the development a total capacity of up to 20MW.  

As part of the application the company is proposing to replicate successful community ownership, community benefit and procurement models they have employed at their Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Upper Nithsdale, which was consented by Dumfries and Galloway Council in March last year. At Sandy Knowe, Burcote agreed a community ownership deal with two Community Councils local to the site and developed a bespoke procurement policy, which offered local companies a 5% price advantage when tendering for contracts on the development. In addition to repeating this model at Longburn, if consented the new development would create a Community Benefit Fund of up to £100,000 per annum or approximately £2.5m over the lifetime of the project.  

Burcote Wind has also signed an MoU with CS Wind, Scotland’s only turbine tower manufacturer, to work together on each of their Scottish projects where possible, including Longburn if consented.

Responding to the recommendation, Fraser Campbell, Operations Director at Burcote Wind said:

“We are understandably disappointed by the recommendation of Council Officials to refuse our Longburn Wind Farm.  

“While the recommendation is based on landscape and visual and cultural heritage impacts, we have had no objections from either SNH or Historic Environment Scotland.  We have been working on the site for over five years now and worked closely, with the communities over the years to ensure that our application is well designed and suited to the site.”

“We have also made both community benefit and community ownership offers to the local communities and committed to a preferential local procurement policy.”

“We respect the Planner’s position, however we do not agree with their representation of our application.  We are looking forward to making a positive case for the Longburn Wind Farm and are confident of a fair hearing at Committee next week.”

Commenting on Burcote’s local procurement strategy, Brian Richardson, Chief Executive of Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce added:

“The Chamber welcomes the commitment of Burcote and ERG to providing a price advantage for local companies working with them in Dumfries & Galloway.  This is a very positive and innovative model and is one which we fully support as we believe it is vitally important for developers to build a network of local contacts and provide as much local content as possible.”  

Tom Barrie, Owner at local logistics company, Currie European:

As a significant local employer we commend Burcote’s approach and especially welcome their commitment to a preferential local procurement policy.  This could provide a real opportunity for Currie European and other Dumfries and Galloway based companies to establish mutually beneficial partnerships in the region and would protect the ability of local companies to compete within an increasingly challenging marketplace.”

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Twenty Local Companies Pre-Register For Potential Wind Farm Contracts

Around 20 local businesses have pre-registered to work with renewable energy developers Burcote Wind and ERG on their consented Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Upper Nithsdale.

The developers, alongside the Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce and Dumfries and Galloway College hosted a Business Breakfast in November last year which invited interested local businesses to discuss procurement opportunities and beneficial procurement policies available on Burcote and ERG projects in Dumfries and Galloway.  

Following the Breakfast event Burcote and ERG asked for local companies to complete a Company Information Request to register their interest in working on the Sandy Knowe development. Twenty local businesses from a range of industries across Dumfries & Galloway have now pre-registered and will be able to tender for contracts relating to the construction of Sandy Knowe Wind Farm.  These companies, and indeed others within the local authority, will be able to take advantage of a 5% price advantage provided by the developers to Dumfries and Galloway based businesses when tendering for contracts on the wind farm.

In March last year Burcote and ERG received consent for the 24 turbine Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Upper Nithsdale.  Each turbine would have a tip height up to 125m, with the project having a total installed capacity of 48MW. As part of the application the companies offered a Community Benefit Fund (CBF) of up to £240,000 per year, up to approximately £6 million over the 25 year lifespan of the wind farm.  They also agreed a substantial community ownership model with the local communities up to the equivalent of one turbine. This means that 4.17% of the net profits of the wind farm annually would be shared with the community.  

Burcote and ERG are also proposing to develop the ten turbine Longburn Wind Farm near Carsphairn and the 17 turbine Creggan Wind Farm in Argyll and Bute and have committed to replicating their community benefit and procurement models at all of their projects.

The companies have also agreed an MoU with CS Wind, an Argyll & Bute based turbine tower manufacturer to work on each of Burcote’s projects in Scotland.

Fraser Campbell, Operations Director at Burcote Wind said:

“We would like to thank all the businesses for pre-registering in what is a clear indication that the local business community supports the steps we are taking to boost economic development opportunities in the region through our Sandy Knowe Wind Farm.”

“As a company we are committed to ensuring that our projects provide as much benefit as possible to both the local communities and the local economy.  This is why we have committed to a preferential local procurement policy across all our Scottish projects, starting here in Dumfries and Galloway.  The construction phase of the development alone could offer around 30-50 positions over a 12-18 month period, with a further 5-10 retained contractors during the operations and maintenance phase of the development.”

“We were delighted with the feedback from across the region and we now look forward to hopefully working with a number of these impressive local companies on our consented Sandy Knowe Wind Farm going forward.”

Brian Richardson, Chief Executive of Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce added:

“The Chamber welcomes the commitment of Burcote and ERG to providing a price advantage for local companies working with them in Dumfries & Galloway.  This is a very positive and innovative model and is one which we fully support as we believe it is vitally important for developers to build a network of local contacts and provide as much local content as possible.”  

Tom Barrie, Owner at local logistics company, Currie European:

As a significant local employer we commend Burcote’s approach and especially welcome their commitment to a preferential local procurement policy.  This could provide a real opportunity for Currie European and other Dumfries and Galloway based companies to establish mutually beneficial partnerships in the region and would protect the ability of local companies to compete within an increasingly challenging marketplace.”

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Burcote Wind to Consult on Longburn Wind Farm

Renewable energy company, Burcote Wind will hold exhibitions next week (w/c 9th May 2016) for proposed plans to construct a wind farm on land east of Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway. The exhibitions will be held on Monday 9th May in the Glencairn Memorial Institute, Moniaive from 3-7pm and Tuesday 10th May in Dalry Town Hall from 10am-1pm and Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn from 3-7pm.

The proposed development, Longburn Wind Farm, is located approximately 6 km due east of Carsphairn and is expected to consist of ten turbines.  Each turbine will have a blade tip height of 134m and a capacity of up to 2MW, giving a total capacity of up to 20MW.

Burcote Wind previously sought to develop a larger section 36 development on the site but has now revised the application following feedback from consultees.  The Company submitted a Pre-Application Notice to Dumfries and Galloway Council in February, signalling their intention to submit a formal planning application in future.

Burcote Wind is a Scottish renewables company who are based in Dunfermline. They have recently agreed a joint venture with ERG Renewables a large Italian Utility Company, who have built and operate onshore wind farms throughout Europe. Operating since 2009, Burcote has four projects active in Scotland, with a current focus for investment being on Dumfries and Galloway. Burcote has two proposed developments within the local authority area – Longburn Wind Farm and the recently consented Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Upper Nithsdale.

At the Sandy Knowe development Burcote Wind agreed a community ownership deal with two local Community Councils and developed a bespoke procurement policy, which offered local companies a 5% price advantage when tendering for contracts on the development.  Burcote Wind is committed to discussing opportunities to replicate the model undertaken in Upper Nithsdale with the communities surrounding the Longburn Wind Farm development.

Fraser Campbell, Operations Director at Burcote Wind said:

“As a company, we believe passionately in the need for renewable energy but are also acutely aware of the necessity for sensitive and sustainable development. This means we take great care to make sure our wind farm proposals are sympathetic to the needs of local people and the local environment.

“We have engaged widely with the communities throughout the last five years during the previous application process and are looking forward to consulting again with the people of Moniaive, Dalry and Carsphairn next week.

“We submitted a PAN to the Council for our revised design, which has, as far as is possible, sought to address landscape/visual and Cultural Heritage concerns from the previous application.  We also believe this development has the potential to deliver significant opportunities for the local communities through both the capital investment and supply chain benefits, but also our community benefit and community ownership models.

“Burcote Wind welcome any feedback from the local communities on our new plans and hope to submit a formal planning application to the Council next month.”

Details of the exhibitions are below and more information on ERG Renewables can be found on their website http://www.erg.eu/en/our-business.

  • Monday 9th May – 15:00 – 19:00 – Glencairn Memorial Institute, Chapel Street, Moniaive, DG3 4EJ
  • Tuesday 10th May – 10:00 – 13:00 – Dalry Town Hall, Castle Douglas DG7 3SW
  • Tuesday 10th May – 15:00 – 19:00 – Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn, DG7 3TQ

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Burcote Wind & CS Wind Reaffirm Committment in MoU

Scottish wind developer, Burcote Wind re-committed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CS Wind UK last week (Wednesday 28 September). The MoU was signed by Graham Brown, Director of Burcote Wind and Lesley Black, Sales and Marketing Manager at CS Wind UK at the WindEnergy Expo 2016 in Hamburg.

The agreement will see the two companies working together across Burcote Wind’s portfolio, including the recently consented Sandy Knowe Wind Farm, a 24 turbine project in Dumfries and Galloway.

Previously, Burcote Wind committed to a MoU with Wind Towers Scotland, which was then acquired by CS Wind Corporation earlier this year. Last year Burcote Wind also announced a partnership with ERG, Italy’s leading wind energy operator and one of the primary operators in Europe (1,446MW installed).

Burcote Wind’s portfolio is made up of several onshore wind projects at various stages of planning throughout Scotland. One of the company’s proposed developments, Creggan Wind Farm, is located close to the CS Wind UK plant in West Kintyre. Burcote Wind’s pipeline could provide the plant with over a year’s worth of orders based on the current manufacturing capacity, providing crucial support for local skills, employment and apprenticeships in Kintyre.

Graham Brown said: “I’m delighted to reaffirm and strengthen our relationship with CS Wind through the signing of this updated Memorandum of Understanding today.  We want to ensure as much as possible of the £500 million investment behind our project pipeline is retained in Scotland, supporting jobs and skills. This includes our unique Procurement Policy, which offers local contractors a 5% price advantage when tendering for contracts relating to our projects. This coupled with our ground breaking Community Ownership scheme ensures our status a leading, community focused onshore wind developer.”

Lesley Black commented: “CS Wind is delighted to reconfirm this agreement today in Hamburg.  CS Wind’s acquisition of Wind Towers (Scotland) in April this year is a positive step towards strengthening  the UK”s wind tower manufacturing capabilities and competitiveness.

“The support of developers like Burcote Wind for local suppliers provides a visible order pipeline for the factory, in turn helping to secure the future for high value skilled manufacturing jobs in renewables industry in the UK.”

Sir Ed Davey, Former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said: “I am delighted to have witnessed the MoU signing between CS Wind UK and Burcote Wind. To see these two companies reassert their commitment to production and development in Scotland, is key for our industry’s growth within the UK. The jobs secured by CS Wind in Campbelltown show Scotland’s overall commitment to the energy industry.”

CS Wind UK is one of the largest single employers in the Campbeltown area, with a workforce of around 160. In July 2016 the company announced its commitment to make further investments in its plant, which will create and additional 160 jobs. This move was welcomed by Scottish Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, who highlighted the company’s contribution to job creation in the local area.

The MoU commits both Burcote Wind and CS Wind UK to five years of future development within Scotland. The two companies will work together to provide the technical, commercial and operational support necessary in respect of wind energy projects being developed by Burcote Wind in the UK.  Where possible the companies will agree to collaborate on future onshore wind projects within the UK.

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Burcote Wind Submit Revised Plans for Longburn Wind Farm

Renewable energy company, Burcote Wind has submitted an application for their proposed Longburn Wind Farm on land east of Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway.

An application for Longburn was formally submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council on 17th June 2016, and was validated by the Council on 11 July 2016. The proposed development is located approximately 6 km due east of Carsphairn and is expected to consist of ten turbines. Each turbine will have a blade tip height of 134m and a capacity of up to 2MW, giving the development a total capacity of up to 20MW.

Full details on the planning application can be viewed on the Dumfries and Galloway Council planning portal using the reference number 16/P/2/0187.

Burcote previously sought to develop a larger scheme on the site but has now revised the application following feedback from consultees. The Company submitted a Pre-Application Notice to Dumfries and Galloway Council in February prior to the formal submission in June. The company held a series of public exhibitions in May in the surrounding communities of Moniaive, Dalry and Carsphairn, which allowed the local residents to view the proposals for Longburn Wind Farm and provide feedback to Burcote Wind.

The company is also proposing to replicate successful community ownership and procurement models they have employed at their Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Upper Nithsdale, which was consented by the Council earlier this year. Burcote agreed a community ownership deal with two Community Councils local to the Sandy Knowe site and developed a bespoke procurement policy, which offered local companies a 5% price advantage when tendering for contracts on the development. In addition to repeating this model at Longburn, if consented the new development would create a Community Benefit Fund of up to £100,000 per annum or approximately £2.5m over the lifetime of the project.

Fraser Campbell, Operations Director at Burcote Wind said: “We are pleased to have now formally submitted our application to Dumfries and Galloway Council for Longburn Wind Farm. We have been working on the site for over five years now, on both our current application and previous proposals for the site. We have consulted widely, and worked closely, with the communities over the years to ensure that our application is as well designed and well suited to the site as possible, and is one which the local communities can support.

“As part of our application we will be making both community benefit and community ownership offers to the local communities to ensure that Longburn Wind Farm will not only be a sensitive and sustainable development, but will also generate significant economic benefit to the region if consented. We will continue to engage and consult with the communities and all interested stakeholders moving forward throughout the application process.”

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Burcote Wind submits Plans for Longburn Wind Farm

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Renewable energy company, Burcote Wind has submitted an application for their proposed Longburn Wind Farm on land east of Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway.

An application for Longburn was formally submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council on 17th June 2016, and was validated by the Council on 11 July 2016.  The proposed development is located approximately 6 km due east of Carsphairn and is expected to consist of ten turbines.  Each turbine will have a blade tip height of 134m and a capacity of up to 2MW, giving the development a total capacity of up to 20MW.

Full details on the planning application can be viewed on the Dumfries and Galloway Council planning portal using the reference number 16/P/2/0187.

Burcote previously sought to develop a larger scheme on the site but has now revised the application following feedback from consultees.  The Company submitted a Pre-Application Notice to Dumfries and Galloway Council in February prior to the formal submission in June. The company held a series of public exhibitions in May in the surrounding communities of Moniaive, Dalry and Carsphairn, which allowed the local residents to view the proposals for Longburn Wind Farm and provide feedback to Burcote Wind.

The company is also proposing to replicate successful community ownership and procurement models they have employed at their Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Upper Nithsdale, which was consented by the Council earlier this year.  Burcote agreed a community ownership deal with two Community Councils local to the Sandy Knowe site and developed a bespoke procurement policy, which offered local companies a 5% price advantage when tendering for contracts on the development. In addition to repeating this model at Longburn, if consented the new development would create a Community Benefit Fund of up to £100,000 per annum or approximately £2.5m over the lifetime of the project.

Fraser Campbell, Operations Director at Burcote Wind said:

“We are pleased to have now formally submitted our application to Dumfries and Galloway Council for Longburn Wind Farm.  We have been working on the site for over five years now, on both our current application and previous proposals for the site.  We have consulted widely, and worked closely, with the communities over the years to ensure that our application is as well designed and well suited to the site as possible, and is one which the local communities can support. “As part of our application we will be making both community benefit and community ownership offers to the local communities to ensure that Longburn Wind Farm will not only be a sensitive and sustainable development, but will also generate significant economic benefit to the region if consented.  We will continue to engage and consult with the communities and all interested stakeholders moving forward throughout the application process.”

More information on Burcote Wind and ERG Reneawables can be found on their respective websites http://www.burcotewind.com/ or http://www.erg.eu/en/our-business.

Notes to Editor

Burcote Wind is a Scottish renewables company who are based in Dunfermline. They have recently agreed a joint venture with ERG Renewables a large Italian Utility Company, who build and operate onshore wind farms throughout Europe. Operating since 2009, Burcote has four projects active in Scotland, with a current focus for investment being on Dumfries and Galloway. Burcote has two proposed developments within the local authority area – Longburn Wind Farm and the recently consented Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Upper Nithsdale.

 

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Glenkens community invited to view updated Longburn wind farm proposals

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People living in and around the villages of Carsphairn and Dalry in Dumfries and Galloway are being invited to attend a second series of public exhibitions of proposals for a wind farm located on a site 6.7 kilometres due east of Carsphairn.

The events, hosted by Dunfermline-based renewable energy company Burcote Wind, are intended to provide updated information about the Longburn wind farm proposal,  following an earlier series of events hosted locally in October last year. The exhibitions are due to take place on Wednesday the 15th May (between 3pm and 6.30pm) at the St John’s Town of Dalry Town Hall (DG7 3UR), and Thursday the 16th May (between 1pm and 7pm) at the Lagwyne Hall in Carsphairn (DG7 3TQ).

Following extensive survey work on the site and taking account of feedback received from the local community to date, proposals for the wind farm have been significantly revised. The number of turbines has been reduced from thirty-six to twenty, with the proposed height of the turbines being a maximum of 135 metres.  Meanwhile, the installed capacity of each turbine has been increased to 3.6 megawatts, giving the wind farm a total installed capacity of up to 72 megawatts.

Should the project receive planning consent, it will be accompanied by a community benefit fund with an annual value of £5,000 per megawatt of installed capacity on the site. Based on a revised proposal for the site, the fund could be worth up to £360,000 per year or £9 million over the wind farm’s anticipated 25-year lifetime.

Since the last set of exhibitions for Longburn wind farm in October 2012, Burcote Wind has met twice with a specially-convened Community Liaison Group (CLG) made up of local community representatives to discuss the kinds of projects that could be supported by the proposed community benefit fund.

As well as a series of display boards providing revised details about the proposal, the exhibitions will include an interactive computer-based 3D model to give an impression of how the wind farm would appear in the landscape. Members of Burcote Wind’s project team will be available to discuss the proposal, to answer questions and to receive feedback.

A dedicated project website has been set up providing a range of detailed information about the Longburn wind farm proposal and can be accessed at the web address: www.longburnwindfarm.com.

Burcote Wind Chairman Graham Brown said:

“We held our first set of public exhibitions in October 2012, where we received a range of comments and feedback from the community about our initial proposal and potential uses for the associated community benefit fund. This has helped us to shape revised proposals for the site. In particular, we’ve been able to optimise the lay-out in a way that enables us to mitigate further any potential impacts while maximising the efficiency of the wind farm.

“We’ve also made important progress in our more detailed discussions about potential uses for the proposed community benefit fund. Burcote Wind believes that Community Benefit Funds should be used to deliver long-term, socioeconomic goals that will benefit the local area during the operation of the wind farm and beyond through legacy funds. Discussions with the local community liaison group have so far proved extremely fruitful with a wide range of ideas being put forward for use of the fund. These have included specific ideas for creating local employment opportunities and helping to develop local skills and education.”

“I would encourage anyone interested in our proposals to come along to either the Dalry or Carsphairn exhibitions, and take the opportunity to ask any questions and to give us their feedback. The input we receive will help shape the final planning application as well as a robust plan for use of the associated community benefit fund in the event that the application is approved.”

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Notes to Editors

1. The 20 x 3.6 megawatt (MW) turbines currently proposed for the Longburn wind farm site would have a combined installed capacity of 72MW. This is enough to:

  • Power up to 40,182 homes per year – 58% of all the homes in Dumfries and Galloway
  • Offset around 81,363 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from conventional fossil fuel-based electricity generating plant
  • Help Scotland reach its target to generate the equivalent of 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

2. The proposed community benefit fund is equivalent to an annual payment of £5,000 per Megawatt (MW) of installed generating capacity. This would produce an annual ‘royalty’ to the community of up to £360,000 (based on the installed capacity of up to 20 turbines of 72MW), or £9 million over the 25 year lifespan of the development. The payment would be fixed and would not fluctuate with production, to guarantee stable funding. The exact vehicle for delivering this resource to local community projects will be determined in close consultation with community representatives.

3. As part of the future planning application, Burcote Wind has compiled a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to identify the potential impact of building the wind farm on the local environment, ecology and plant and animal life. The EIA demonstrates that the benefits of developing the site clearly outweigh any potentially negative impacts. In addition, Burcote Wind will have to demonstrate how the site can be physically and ecologically restored following the 25 year lifespan of the wind farm.

Burcote Wind is an independent renewable energy company based in Dunfermline, Scotland, but active throughout the UK. The company specialises in onshore wind energy projects from the identification and design stage right through to construction and operation.

4. According to the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS), in 2011 the total number of households in Dumfries and Galloway was 68,685. The Longburn wind farm proposal, capable of generating enough electricity to power up to 33,887 homes, could therefore power the equivalent of 49% of households in Dumfries and Galloway.

For more information, please contact:

Alex Bruce

Orbit Communications

alex.bruce@orbit-comms.co.uk

Tel. 0131 603 8996

 

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