Project News

EDF Renewables has prepared a new proposal for the consented Cloich Forest Wind Farm to increase productivity from the project.

Since hosting public consultation events last year, new design and layout plans have continued to be developed for the site. Details of the final proposed new layout, including design and environmental information, maps, photomontages and virtual wind farm visualisations are available in an online exhibition which is available via the direct link provided below.

We currently anticipate that a new Section 36 Application will be made to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit around mid-June 2021. When the application is submitted, all documentation, including the Environmental Impact Assessment Report, will be available to download directly from this website page and also from the ECU portal.

Public Notices will also be placed in local newspapers to provide more details on the formal public consultation period for the new application.  

Project Description

EDF Renewables has produced a new design for the Cloich Forest Wind Farm, which is located on a site to the west of Eddleston village, 5.5km north-west of Peebles, within the Scottish Borders.

Consent for a wind farm was originally granted in 2016 by the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU) following a submission by the previous owners, Partnership for Renewables (PfR), and the approved wind farm comprises 18 turbines with a vertical blade tip height of 115 metres.

EDF Renewables acquired the development portfolio of PfR in 2017 and has reviewed the project to improve the productivity of the wind farm following changes in the financial support mechanism for wind farms. The new application will propose 12 turbines (six fewer than the consented layout) on the site at an increased maximum height of up to 149.9m. The new wind farm would produce enough low carbon electricity to meet the average annual domestic needs of around 34,000 homes each year and will make a substantial contribution to reducing CO2 emissions.*

Because the installed capacity of the new design will still be over 50MW, a new Section 36 application will be made to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit at the end of May.

The Cloich Wind Farm development is on the national forests and land managed by Forestry Land Scotland (FLS) on behalf of Scottish Ministers. EDF Renewables and FLS are working together to ensure the best outcome for the development at Cloich forest.

Questions and Answers

Why hasn’t the wind farm been built yet?

Since the application for the Cloich Forest Wind Farm was first submitted by Partnership for Renewables (PfR) in 2012, and consented in 2016, there have been changes in the ownership of the project and the financial support mechanism for onshore wind farms has been withdrawn. EDF Renewables purchased the PfR development portfolio in 2017 and is now undertaking a design review of the wind farm in order to make it more productive.

What information will you produce to help everyone understand how any new project will compare to the visual appearance of the approved wind farm?

As part of the re-design, we have recently issued an Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report that sets out the various environmental topics that will be considered. The EIA will include a landscape and visual assessment which will include photomontage and wireline illustrations.

What will be the benefits to the local community?

The environment – the wind farm will produce an important source of low carbon electricity, contributing to Government targets for increased renewable energy generation and reduced CO2 emissions
Community benefit fund – it is the intention of EDF Renewables to establish a local community benefit fund linked to the wind farm which will be in place once it becomes operational. The fund value would be in line with the recommended Scottish Government rate – currently £5,000 per MW each year for the lifetime of the wind farm. The fund would be designed to meet specific local objectives and would be administered locally at arms’ length from EDF Renewables in line with Scottish Government guidance.
Community investment – EDF Renewables also supports the principle of community investment in our wind farms and would welcome the views of local community groups on any interest there may be in this.

Making your views known:

If you have any questions on the proposed Cloich Forest Wind Farm or require any other information on the scheme, please e-mail info@edf-re.uk

* Load factors based on the five year rolling averages on unchanged configuration basis using Table 6.5 of 'Digest of UK Energy Statistics' - latest figures as per July 2019 release. Based upon the average domestic electricity consumption per home (temperature corrected) per the Energy Consumption in the UK (published July 2019, Table C9 of ECUK: Consumption data tables).