Clash Gour

Site statistics

Location

Moray Council Area- 12km south of Forres, located to the southwest, north and east of the operational Berry Burn wind farm (also developed by Force 9 Energy)

Status

Anticipated submission of Scoping Request to the Scottish Government is end of March 2017.

An overview of the project is given on the Exhibition Boards which can be downloaded under ‘Links & Downloads’. Force 9 Energy is holding five public exhibitions in the following locations:

  • Elgin Sports & Community Centre, Elgin (IV30 1UE) on Monday 20th March 2017- 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Edinkillie Community Hall, Dunphail (IV36 2QW) on Monday 20th March 2017- 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Archiestown Village Hall, (AB38 7QZ) on Tuesday 21st March 2017- 12:30pm- 3:00pm
  • Houldsworth Institute, Dallas (IV36 2SA) on Tuesday 21st March 2017- 5:00pm- 8:00pm
  • Forres House Community Centre, Forres (IV36 1BU) on Wednesday 22nd March 2017- 2:00pm- 7:30pm

*Please note that this figure is based on 63 turbines with a rated capacity of 5MW operating at 27.3% capacity (long term average capacity factor for onshore wind from Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2016) and assuming 3,994 is the average UK household electricity consumption in kW hours (based on DECCs publication Energy Consumption in the UK (2016).

Community benefit

Force 9 Energy’s project partner, EDF Energy Renewables (‘EDF-ER’) is committed to paying a community benefit package at the prevailing Scottish Government recommended rate: currently £5,000 per Mega Watt of installed capacity, for every year of operation (anticipated to be 25 years) to help fund local community projects.

It may also be possible to ‘capitalise’ some of the available community benefit funding so that more of it is paid up front, rather than annually. This would allow larger capital projects, such as new community buildings or provision of enhanced broadband, to be contemplated.

EDF ER is also considering providing an opportunity for up to 10% Community Ownership of the wind farm through a Revenue Sharing Agreement. This would allow participating local communities to buy a stake in the wind farm and thus to share in the profits of the project over the whole of its operational lifetime.