Today, 14 January 2015, a section 36 planning application to the Scottish Government for the Macritch Hill Wind Farm (up to 59MW) development in Angus was submitted by Eneco UK (Eneco).

Eneco has applied to construct and operate the proposed 18-turbine wind farm on Scottish Water land. If consented, it would help to reduce Scottish Water’s electricity bill. It has the capacity to potentially generate 138GWh of electricity per annum.

Eneco was awarded the rights to explore the wind farm development in 2012, and has since undertaken an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and technical surveys to determine the scale and design of the proposed wind farm. A series of public consultations and correspondence with key stakeholders have also been carried out to help understand the wider needs and concerns from the community.

The final design incorporates changes made as a result of feedback from the community, and results from both the EIA and technical surveys. These include reducing the number of turbines from 33 to 18, and dropping the blade tip heights to reduce visual and landscape impacts.

Should the development be approved, Eneco has confirmed a community benefit package of £5,000 per MW per year throughout the lifetime of the project.

Guy Madgwick, Director of Eneco UK, added: “Renewable energy projects that deliver real benefits such as energy savings to customers like Scottish Water are at the heart of Eneco’s sustainability mission. The Macritch Hill project would not only help Scottish Water reduce its energy costs, but will also support the Scottish Government’s target of generating the equivalent of 100% of Scotland's own electricity demand from renewable resources by 2020.“

Chris Toop, Scottish Water’s General Manger for Energy said: “In providing essential services to our customers, Scottish Water requires a significant amount of energy. Increasing the amount of renewable energy generated on suitable sites or land can help us reduce our electricity bill for the benefit of our customers. In the last two years, Eneco has led an extensive stakeholder and community engagement exercise into the potential of this project. All factors have been taken into consideration and helped inform development of the planning application which has now been submitted.”

A copy of the application, plans and the Environmental Statement (ES) will be available to view from 14 January 2015 at:

  • Kirriemuir ACCESS and Community Police Office, 15 Reform Street, Kirriemuir, DD8 4BS
  • Kirriemuir Library, Town Hall, Reform Street, Kirriemuir, DD8 4BS
  • Forfar Library, West High Street, Forfar, DD8 1BA
  • Alyth Library, Airlie Street, Alyth, PH11 8AH
  • Blairgowrie Library, 46a Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AW
  • Scottish Government Library, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ

Copies of a non-technical summary and CD with the ES may be obtained from Eneco free of charge. Copies of the ES are available at a charge of £100. Please call Eneco on 01926 331210.

Representations for the wind farm application should be made, no later than Friday 20th February 2015, by email to The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit mailbox at representations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or by post to The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow G2 8LU. Please reference Macritch Hill Wind Farm and specify the grounds for your representation.

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About Eneco:

Eneco (http://corporatenl.eneco.nl/) applies an integrated distribution strategy and specialises in the production, transmission, trading, supply and metering of energy (electricity, gas and heat) and related products and services. Eneco is making a transition to becoming a sustainable energy company and will make substantial investments in the area of sustainable energy during the coming years. Eneco develops sustainable projects working on wind power, solar power, biomass and heat. In total, the company serves approximately two million business and domestic customers. Eneco employs 7,000 people (6,300 FTEs). The company’s head office is located in Rotterdam.

About Eneco Wind UK Ltd:

Eneco UK (www.eneco.co.uk) is based in Warwick and headed by Director, Guy Madgwick. The UK wind portfolio includes Scottish onshore projects: Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms, fully operational with a combined generating capacity of 42MW, located in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire; Burn of Whilk Wind Farm (22.5MW) located west of Wick, Caithness – currently under construction; Moy Wind Farm (60MW) in The Highlands – currently under construction; Lochluichart Wind Farm (69MW) in The Highlands – fully operational and Macritch Hill, a proposed 54MW wind farm located in Angus that is being developed in partnership with Scottish Water. Eneco is also a 50:50 development partner in the Navitus Bay offshore wind project located to the west of the Isle of Wight. In November 2013, the company acquired its first solar project in the UK - the 10MW Sevor Solar Farm near South Marston, Swindon.

About Scottish Water:

Scottish Water, a publicly-owned company whose core function is to provide drinking water and treating waste water for the people of Scotland. As the Scottish Government aims to meet the equivalent of 100 per cent of gross annual electricity demand from renewables by 2020, Scottish Water - itself a significant consumer of electrical power - is exploring opportunities, where appropriate, to produce renewable energy on Scottish Water assets.

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For further press information contact Michelle Giblin at Eneco UK on 01926 331229, or Stewart Cooper at Scottish Water on 01383 848236.

Source Eneco UK