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, as well as how you can get involved and share your views. 

Galileo is proposing a development of up to 15 wind turbines and 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, with a generating capacity of up to 90 megawatts (MW), will be supported by a battery energy storage system (BESS), with a storage capacity of up to 50MW.

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 wind farm 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.” 1

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 understatement 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 corner of the globe 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.2

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 up to around 63,000 homes annually with clean, low-cost renewable electricity.4

Replacing polluting fossil fuels, the dominant cause of global warming, renewable energy has a vital role to play in decarbonising heat, power and transport. Corr Chnoc Wind Farm will contribute to this, potentially saving up to around 88,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.5  

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.

Onshore wind is one of the cheapest sources of new electricity generation in the UK, and through lowering bills for consumers has a key role to play in tackling this 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.

Turbine Layout…

Reproduced from Ordnance Survey digital map data @ Crown Copyright 2022. All rights reserved. Licence number 0100031673

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 up to 15 wind turbines, with a blade tip height of up to 200m, Corr Chnoc Wind Farm is proposed to have a generating capacity of up to 48MW. 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.

A proposed BESS, with a storage capacity of up to 50MW, will be co-located with the wind farm. This facility will store electricity from the wind farm at times of high generation and low demand via rechargeable batteries, and release this back into the national grid at times of high demand. This will allow low-cost low-carbon renewable electricity, which is intermittent in nature, to be available when the wind for example is not blowing.

Helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, the proposed wind farm and BESS will play its part in tackling the climate emergency and increase energy security, supporting Scotland’s transition to a low-carbon future.

Additional to these environmental benefits, Corr Chnoc Wind Farm will provide long-term economic and social benefits. These include providing funding to support local initiatives, in addition to providing construction and operational employment opportunities.

As the 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 Spring 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). Through this we aim to engage early on with the local community and other key stakeholders, such as community councils, other community organisations and councillors, in advance of the submission of a Section 36 application to the Scottish Ministers.

This helps to identify issues and concerns, as well as benefits and opportunities, that we can then consider when developing and refining the wind farm proposal.

We 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). 6 

These meetings served to introduce the project and describe the scoping process. Since then, we have continued to speak and correspond with representatives of local community councils and residents, also responding to enquiries from those that have got in touch.

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 investigate and mitigate any potential effects of a development on the natural, physical and human environment.

In response to the scoping opinion received from the Scottish Ministers in September 2023, and following feedback from the public and statutory consultees, we reduced the number of wind turbines from up to 18 to up to 15.

Public Consultation Events 

As part of our PAC process, we held two public consultation events in the local area in October 2023. These enabled people to learn more about Corr Chnoc Wind Farm, discuss it with our project team and provide feedback, helping us to inform and improve our proposals.

A range of information was made available, including presenting early-stage design, as well as wirelines and photomontages, which helped to give an impression of what the site could look like from different viewpoints in the area. 

Consultation Event Dates:

  • Taynuilt Village Hall, Taynuilt, PA35 1JH  | Monday 23rd October 2023 between 3:00pm and 7:00pm.
  • Kilmore and Kilbride Village Hall, Kilmore, PA34 4XT  | Tuesday 24th October between 3:00pm and 7:00pm.

A newsletter was circulated to the local community and key stakeholders, providing details of the project and these public consultation events, followed by a further newsletter circulated post-events in November 2023.

October 2023 newsletter (PDF) CONSULTATION BOARDS (PDF) CONSULTATION WIRELINES & PHOTOMONTAGES (PDF) November 2023 Newsletter (PDF)

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.

We also anticipate hosting a second series of public consultation events in early 2024, to update the local community on the proposals.

These events will aim to provide feedback to the comments received from the October 2023 events and through other stakeholder engagement, explaining what appropriate changes have been made to the proposals in response to these. Any comments received are not representations to the Scottish Ministers.

It is anticipated that a Section 36 application for consent will be submitted to the Scottish Ministers for determination in Summer 2024, administered by the ECU. At this point there will be an opportunity to make direct representations to the Scottish Ministers.   

This 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 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
    Opinion received
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    September 2023

  3. October 2023 and early 2024

  4. Summer 2024

  5. 2025

  6. 2028


  7. 2030

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 of £5,000 per MW of  generating capacity to local communities.7 We however go above and beyond this, with our offer of shared ownership and 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 a such a fund, worth up to £450,000 per annum for the operational lifetime of the wind farm, can best be distributed. The operational lifetime is estimated to be in the region of 40 years, and this figure is index-linked so will rise with inflation.

This annual figure is based on a generating capacity for the wind farm of up to 90MW, with each MW providing a guaranteed income of £5,000.

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 are highlighted below:

  • Renewable Electricity Discount Scheme (REDS)

It was clear from meetings with community councils, local organisations and individuals, that there was 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, to £600 for those between 3km and 4km (see map link below). Index-linked for the operational lifetime of the wind farm, these payments will rise with inflation.

The average electricity bill for the North of Scotland is £1,259 for 2022/23.8

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.

REDS MAP (PDF)
  • 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 (https://www.alienergy.org.uk), a sustainable energy charity based in Oban, to those suffering from fuel poverty in the wider area.

Community Shared Ownership

In addition to the Community Wealth Fund, up to 10% ownership of Corr Chnoc Wind Farm will be offered to 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.

Galileo has a long-term working relationship with Local Energy Scotland (www.localenergy.scot), the Scottish Government’s adviser on shared ownership, who can assist in providing professional advice and support to local communities.

In August, we brought together LES with local community councils and other stakeholders for an informative meeting to discuss potential models of shared ownership

Additionally, our team is extremely well-placed 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 to coincide with the start of construction until the commencement of the operation of the wind farm. This will help to offset any inconvenience caused during the construction period, and amount to around £100,000.

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.

Ross Jamison

Project Manager

About Galileo

Galileo is a fast-growing pan-European, multi-technology, 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.

Further Information

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

Ross Jamison
Project Manager Galileo
7-9 N St David St Edinburgh EH2 1AW

Email: corrchnoc@galileoenergy.uk
Web: galileogreenenergy.uk