Frequently asked questions
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Where is Macritch Hill Wind Farm located?
The site is located on land adjacent to the Backwater Reservoir in Angus, approximately six miles North West of Kirriemuir in Angus.
Who will Eneco submit the planning application to?
We will submit the planning application to the Scottish Government and ministers. This is because wind farms over 50MW of capacity are of Scottish national interest and considered under the Electricity Act 1989.
Will local contractors be appointed?
Wherever possible, we intend to work with local businesses and contractors on the project. This will be decided should the planning application be successful.
An example of our commitment to local business and contractors is shown through the Lochluichart Wind Farm construction project in the Scottish Highlands, which is set to generate work worth approximately £3.5m.
To whom can I address any questions?
If you have any questions about the project, please contact:
The Onshore Development Team
Telephone: 01926 331 210
Eneco Wind UK Ltd
3-4 Athena Court
Warwickshire CV34 6RT
How many turbines will be on the site?
The project is at an early stage and final numbers of turbines have not yet been decided. At this stage, we are proposing to place up to 18 turbines on the Macritch Hill Wind Farm site.
How much energy could Macritch Hill provide, if granted planning consent?
Macritch Hill could provide up to 54MW of capacity, which is enough electricity to meet approximately 1/3 of Scottish Waters annual energy needs.
What will the annual CO² savings be for Macritch Hill Wind Farm?
Macritch Hill Wind Farm will provide annual CO² savings of 53,000 tonnes*
(*Based on RenewableUK calculations. Further details on the calculations can be found on the RenewableUK website http://www.bwea.com/edu/calcs.html)
How tall will the wind turbines be?
At this early stage, we haven’t yet decided on the height of the turbines. A decision on this will be made during consultation and before an application is submitted.
When will planning approval be sought?
Our planning application will be submitted once the project design has been finalised and the consultation period finished. A decision will then be expected approximately a year later.
What is the proposed wind farm project called?
The project is called Macritch Hill. This is named after the hill just east of the Backwater reservoir near where the site is located.
How does Eneco plan to consult with the local community and wider stakeholder groups during the planning and consultation stages?
We will be holding a series of public consultation events to keep the public informed about our proposals.
The first series of consultation events will be held on Thursday 11th April, Friday 12th April and Saturday 13th April. The purpose of these events will be to seek feedback on our proposed consultation approach.
Why did Eneco choose to develop a wind farm on this site?
Macritch Hill Wind Farm was selected as a suitable site for a wind farm after we were awarded the opportunity to investigate the feasibility of the site by the landowners, Scottish Water.
How was Eneco awarded the site?
The site was awarded as part of a tendering process organised by Scottish Water that commenced in January 2010 to identify appropriate partners for renewable energy projects.
Why did Scottish Water decide to tender the land?
Scottish Water is one of Scotland’s biggest consumers of energy and is exploring opportunities, where appropriate, to produce renewable energy on its assets such as land or reservoirs.
This project is one of the potential ways that Scottish Water can become increasingly self-sufficient in its energy use. This strategy also fits with the Scottish Government's aim for renewable sources to generate the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland's gross annual electricity consumption by 2020.
Will there be a community benefit fund for the project?
Our community benefits strategy aims to deliver improved quality of life for those communities living near to the wind farm while reflecting our commitment to renewable energy.
How will the community fund be spent?
This has not yet been decided as we are at a very early stage of planning and consent. We take a flexible and innovative approach to community benefits and will look to work with local communities to provide a genuinely meaningful package.
How will the community fund be spent?
A planning application for the proposals was submitted to the Energy Consents Deployment Unit (ECDU) in January 2015. On 1st June 2015, ECDU confirmed that the proposal could be passed to Scottish Ministers for determination of the application. On 11th June 2015, Eneco voluntarily offered a period of further local consultation running to 31st August and ECDU approved this. Subsequently ECDU approved an extension of this consultation to 30th September due to consultee holidays in August. Most recently, ECDU has granted another extension running until 4 November 2015 to accommodate further local consultation prior to a Public Local Inquiry.