Welcome to Corr Chnoc Wind Farm

The purpose of this website is to provide easy access to the latest information on Corr Chnoc Wind Farm, providing information on how you can get involved and share your views. 

Galileo is proposing a development of 12 wind turbines and battery energy storage, located on land at Dunach Estate.

Situated approximately 2km northeast of Kilmore and 5km east of the centre of Oban, Corr Chnoc Wind Farm will have a total generating capacity of around 75 megawatts (MW).

This will be supported by a battery energy storage system (BESS), with a storage capacity of up to 50MW, helping to maximise the efficiency of the proposal and further contribute to energy security. In addition to this, a biodiversity enhancement plan (BEP) is proposed.

At Galileo, we are committed to working with the local community and other key stakeholders to responsibly develop renewable energy projects that help to deliver Scottish climate change targets and ensure a green and sustainable future for generations to come.

The Corr Chnoc Wind Farm and battery energy storage proposal will make a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of our electricity system, supporting a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as well as delivering major community benefits. This includes the potential for reductions in electricity bills for those properties closest to the wind farm.

Tackling the Climate Emergency

“Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years, climate change.”

Sir David Attenborough

The proposal for Corr Chnoc Wind Farm is set against the backdrop of the climate emergency and the need to transition to renewable energy sources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from polluting fossil fuels.

It is no exaggeration to say that man-made climate change is the defining crisis of our time, and it is happening even more quickly than we feared, with major global impacts.

No part of the world is immune from the devastating consequences, and the UK is no exception. The Met Office has confirmed that 2023 was provisionally the UK’s second hottest year since records began in 1884, and all ten of the UK’s warmest years took place in the past two decades.

Corr Chnoc Wind Farm will play its part in tackling this overall challenge, supporting the delivery of the Scottish Government’s ambitious legally-binding target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. It could power the equivalent of around 53,400 homes annually with clean, low-carbon electricity.

Displacing polluting fossil fuels, the dominant cause of global warming, Corr Chnoc Wind Farm will potentially save around 73,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

International events, such as the war in Ukraine, have also focused people’s minds on the risks of overreliance on imported fossil fuels, with the rising cost of gas driving the huge increase in energy bills a key cause of the cost-of-living crisis.

The growth of secure homegrown renewable energy will help to deliver greater energy security, insulating Scotland and the rest of the UK from future price shocks.

With onshore wind being one of the cheapest sources of new electricity generation in the UK, this will additionally ensure a lowering of bills for consumers, and will play a key role in tackling the cost-of-living crisis.

Turbine Layout…

Project Proposal

The proposed development site, which comprises a mix of agricultural land and small sections of commercial planting, benefits from an excellent wind resource and has no landscape, ecological or cultural designations that restrict its scope for accommodating a wind farm.

Comprising 12 wind turbines, with a blade tip height of up to 200m, Corr Chnoc Wind Farm is proposed to have a generating capacity of around 75MW. Turbine technology has advanced considerably in recent years, meaning that turbines are now taller and more efficient, which enables them to generate a significantly greater amount of renewable electricity per turbine.

Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)

It is proposed that a battery energy storage system (BESS), with a storage capacity of up to 50MW, will be co-located with the wind farm. These play an increasingly important role in tackling the climate emergency, and comprise rechargeable batteries that store electricity at times of high generation and low demand, which is then released back into the electricity grid network at times of high demand.

The BESS will allow low-carbon renewable electricity, which is intermittent in nature, to be available when the wind for example is not blowing, providing a more reliable supply of energy to users.

In addition to supporting Scotland’s transition to a low carbon future, Corr Chnoc Wind Farm will provide long-term economic and social benefits. These include providing funding to support local initiatives, as well as providing construction and operational employment opportunities.

Biodiversity Enhancement Plan (BEP)

A biodiversity enhancement plan (BEP) is proposed for the development, which would see greater management of species-rich grasslands/upper meadowland, providing resources for pollinators, including rare butterfly species. In addition, broadleaf tree planting along watercourses and bracken control would deliver further biodiversity benefits, supporting species such as the otter and black grouse.

Section 36 Application

As the total generating capacity of the proposed wind farm and BESS will exceed 50MW, an application for consent will be made to the Scottish Ministers for determination under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. This will be administered by the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU), and is expected to be ready to be submitted in Autumn 2024.

Argyll and and Bute Council will be a key statutory consultee as the host planning authority.

Facts and Figures

Community Engagement

At Galileo, we strongly believe in the need for ongoing dialogue regarding our projects. We promise to consult and listen carefully to views on the proposals for Corr Chnoc Wind Farm, making changes where possible.

As part of this process, we believe in meaningful and effective Pre-Application Consultation (PAC), engaging extensively with the local community, in advance of the submission of a Section 36 application to the Scottish Ministers. This includes local residents, businesses and other key stakeholders, such as community councils, other community organisations and councillors, 

The purpose of the PAC process is to: 

  • Explain the proposal – number of turbines, size, scale and location.
  • Take account of the views and comments of all stakeholders in developing and refining the proposals, including the number of turbines and layout of the wind farm.
  • Set out the potential economic and community benefits of the proposed development.
  • Discuss the concerns that members of the community may have and provide answers to their questions.

We originally met with local community councils, as well as a number of the properties closest to the wind turbines, in advance of the submission of a request for a Scoping Opinion to the Scottish Ministers via the ECU in June 2023 (ECU reference: 00004832). This was for a scheme of up to 18 turbines.

A request for a Scoping Opinion seeks to obtain from the Scottish Ministers the scope and detail of information that needs to be provided in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report that will accompany the Section 36 application. The purpose of the EIA is to assess the likely significant environmental effects arising from the proposed development.  

In response to the Scoping Opinion received from the Scottish Ministers in September 2023, and following feedback from the local community and statutory consultees, we reduced the number of wind turbines from 18 to 15 , which we consulted the public on in October 2023.

Given further feedback from the local community and statutory consultees, and having received additional survey feedback, we have now taken the decision to proceed with a 12-turbine wind farm (total generating capacity of around 75MW).

May 2024 consultation event – Taynuilt Village Hall

Public Consultation Events 

As part of our PAC process, we held two public consultation events in the local area in May 2024. These provided updated information on Corr Chnoc Wind Farm, enabling people to learn more about the proposals, discuss it with our project team and provide feedback. This will help us to review and refine our plans.

The public consultation events were held as outlined below:

  • Taynuilt Village Hall, Taynuilt, PA35 1JH  | Wednesday 22nd May 2024  between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
  • Kilmore and Kilbride Village Hall, Kilmore, PA34 4XT  | Thursday, 23rd May 2024 between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
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A range of information was made available, including presenting the updated project design and layout, as well as wirelines and photomontages, which gave an impression of what the site could look like from different viewpoints in the area. 

In addition to this, information on how the local community will benefit from the project was outlined.

These events provided feedback to the comments received from the public consultation events held in October 2023, and through other stakeholder engagement, explaining what changes have been made to the proposals in response to these. 

It should be noted that any comments received are not representations to the Scottish Ministers, and there will be an opportunity to provide comments when an application is submitted in the future. 

Next Steps

Any written consultation feedback submitted to Galileo will be considered by the project team over the coming months as the proposals are developed and refined.

This is in addition to feedback from key consultees, and the findings from the technical and environmental studies and surveys that we are undertaking, which will form the EIA.

An application for consent will be submitted under Section 36 of the Electricity Act to the Scottish Ministers for determination, anticipated to take place in Autumn 2024 and administered by the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU). 

The application will be accompanied by variety of documents, including an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, which will summarise the survey and studies we have undertaken, how our design has evolved to reflect this, and the ways in which any remaining impacts could best be managed.

In addition to this, a Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) report will outline what public consultation has taken place in relation to the proposals, and how any feedback was taken on board, addressing any comments which could not be accommodated.

Indicative Timeline

  1. 2022-2024

  2. Submitted June 2023 (18 turbines)
    Opinion received
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    September 2023

  3. October 2023 (15 turbines) and May 2024 (12 turbines)

  4. Autumn 2024

  5. 2025

  6. 2030

  7. 2032

Galileo’s Community Offering

Galileo is committed to developing projects that deliver substantial and tangible long-term benefits locally, fostering strong community relations.

If consented, significant funding will be distributed to local communities over the lifetime of Corr Chnoc Wind Farm through our Community Wealth Fund and Construction Community Fund, with an opportunity for community shared ownership also on offer.

These are voluntary schemes, with the potential to deliver considerable long-term benefits, and are separate from the planning application.

Through our Community Wealth Fund, we adhere to the Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits, which offers a funding package worth £5,000 per MW of the the wind farm’s installed capacity to local communities annually.

We however go above and beyond this, with our offer of shared ownership and a Construction Community Fund, as outlined below.

Community Wealth Fund

The wind farm will provide a real opportunity to build and contribute to a lasting and sustainable Community Wealth Fund, benefitting local communities over the lifetime of the wind farm and beyond.

Galileo is committed to exploring with local groups and organisations as to how such a fund, worth around £375,000 per annum over the operational lifetime of the wind farm, can best be distributed. 

The annual figure is based on a generating capacity for the wind farm of around 75MW, with each installed MW providing a guaranteed income of £5,000.

The operational lifetime is expected to be in the region of 40 years, which would equate to nearly £15 million distributed to local communities over the lifetime of the project. These figures are index-linked, so will rise with inflation.

We actively encourage input from local communities concerning the types of local projects they would like to see benefit from the Community Wealth Fund.

Some suggestions to consider, and which also arose from community consultation, are highlighted below:

  • Renewable Electricity Discount Scheme (REDS)

It was clear from the public consultation events and meetings with community councils, local organisations, businesses and individuals, that there is an interest in electricity discounts arising from the wind farm development.

The Corr Chnoc Renewable Electricity Discount Scheme (REDS) will provide a direct and tangible benefit to people living and working nearest to the wind farm, and be open to all residential, commercial and community properties.

A preliminary suggestion is that discounts on electricity bills range from £1,000 per annum for those properties located within 2km of the nearest wind turbine, £800 for those between 2km and 3km, and  £600 for those between 3km and 4km (see map link below). These payments will be index-linked for the operational lifetime of the wind farm, meaning that they will rise with inflation.

The average electricity bill for the North of Scotland is £1,259 for 2022/23.

To achieve this, we are collaborating with an innovative utility provider to form a partnership to implement the REDS scheme. 

It should be reiterated that this is purely indicative and subject to further consultation with local communities.

  • Education and Training Fund

Galileo could set up a wind farm bursary scheme to encourage local students who want to extend their education but may not have the means to do so. Working with local schools, further and higher education providers, and Skills Development Scotland, this would support aspiring learners and those wanting to enter Modern Apprenticeships or develop land-based skills.

  • Fuel Poverty Fund

Funds could be distributed via ALIenergy (Argyll, Lomond and the Islands Energy Agency) to those suffering from fuel poverty in the wider area. ALIenergy is a charity based in Oban, which works locally to promote sustainable energy use and renewable energy generation, serving to address fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions. 

Community Shared Ownership

In addition to the Community Wealth Fund, up to 10% ownership of Corr Chnoc Wind Farm will be offered to local communities surrounding the development to invest in. The profits generated by any ownership stake can be used to benefit these.

By participating in shared ownership of a renewable energy project, communities can share in a range of benefits, including developing a sustainable income stream over which they have control, creating strong partnerships, and building resilience in their local area.

In addition to establishing a working relationship with  ALIenergy, we also have a long-term working relationship with Local Energy Scotland, the Scottish Government’s adviser on shared ownership, who can assist in providing professional advice and support to local communities.

Following a meeting facilitated by The Resource Collective in Oban in February 2024, which we attended along with community members, ALIenergy is working with LES to explore obtaining funding to examine potential models for shared ownership of Corr Chnoc, and other local wind farms.

The Galileo team is also extremely well-placed in this particular area, having been directly involved in successfully delivering community shared ownership elsewhere in Scotland.

Construction Community Fund

A Construction Community Fund will be made available to local groups and organisations, from the start of construction until the wind farm commences operating. Amounting to around £100,000, this will aim to help offset any inconvenience caused during the construction period.

Opportunities for Local Businesses and Suppliers

In addition to the community benefits already highlighted, some of the most direct and meaningful benefits that can be delivered from a wind farm proposal like Corr Chnoc are jobs and employment opportunities for local businesses and contractors, in addition to the use of local services and amenities.

All of these can generate a significant amount of inward investment in the area.

Galileo is committed to ensuring that, wherever reasonably practicable, local employees and contractors are used in all aspects of wind farm development.

These opportunties include:

  • Construction, fencing, drainage and forestry contractors
  • Electrical contractors
  • Materials suppliers, such as building merchants
  • Plant hire and security
  • Waste management and fuel providers
  • Local hospitality providers, such as B&Bs

Galileo is keen to hear from local businesses who may be able to offer skills and services to Corr Chnoc Wind Farm, and we are working with Bid4Oban to maximise awareness of the opportunities available in the local supply chain.

If you are a local business and would like to know more about these, please contact us via our feedback form below or email us at corrchnoc@galileoenergy.uk. There will also be the opportunity to engage with us at the consultation events highlighted.

Business rates will also be paid on the wind farm, helping to pay for local council services.

Economic Impact Assessment

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Ross Jamison

Project Manager

About Galileo

Galileo is a fast-growing pan-European renewable energy developer, owner and operator, with a mission to significantly contribute to achieving global emission reduction targets.

We aim to do this by developing enough smart efficient, high-quality and integrated green energy projects, so that renewable energy becomes the primary source of electricity for all energy consumers in Europe.

Founded in 2020, Galileo currently has a project development portfolio of over 7000 MW across multiple European countries, including the UK, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Poland.

Our senior management team is made up of leading energy and investment experts that bring decades of international experience across more than 30 markets.

Galileo’s funders are long-term infrastructure and pension funds with a global footprint, international mindset and a collaborative mentality.

For further information on Galileo and our UK projects, please visit www.galileoenergy.uk.

Further Information

To discuss the Corr Chnoc Wind Farm project in more detail, please contact:

Ross Jamison
Project Manager, Galileo

Email: corrchnoc@galileoenergy.uk

Telephone: 0131 202 3259

Address: Galileo, 7-9 N St David Street, Edinburgh EH2 1AW