The Heathland site is located approximately 1.5km north east of Forth in South Lanarkshire and 2.5km south of Breich in West Lothian. It lies within an area of commercial forestry plantation which is owned and managed by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS).
A Section 36 Application for Heathland Wind Farm was first submitted to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit in February 2016 by Partnership for Renewables (PfR). EDF Renewables acquired the rights to the Heathland development from PfR in 2017. Scottish Ministers consented the project in October 2018 to comprise 17 turbines of 132m to blade tip.
Turbine technology has improved greatly since 2016 and EDF Renewables carried out a review to maximise productivity from the project. The wind farm now consented by the Energy Consents Unit comprises 14 turbines, including three with a maximum tip height of up to 150m and 11 with a maximum tip height of 180m.
The approved wind farm will have a generation capacity of around 80MW, supplying enough low carbon electricity to meet the average annual needs of around 48,000 homes and offsetting around 83,000tonnes of CO2 each year.
Copies of the decision statement and related documentation can be obtained on the Energy Consents website at ECU Reference ECU00002218.