Welcome to our website for Dorenell Wind Farm Extension and Biodiversity Enhancement Plan
Galileo has recently submitted a ‘request for scoping opinion’ to the Scottish Government regarding our proposals for a wind farm and Biodiversity Enhancement Plan (together known as ‘the project’) on land within the Cabrach and Glenfiddich Estates, approximately 10km south of Dufftown. The site is entirely within the administrative boundary of Moray Council, adjacent to the existing Dorenell Wind Farm.
It is anticipated that the total generation capacity of the Wind Farm will exceed 50 Megawatts (MW) and therefore a consent application for the Project would be made to the Scottish Ministers under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 (the Applicant would also seek deemed planning permission under Section 57 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997).
Full details of the project will not be finalised until much later in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, however we believe the location could support a project could make a meaningful contribution to Scotland’s renewable energy and climate change targets, and deliver a significant community wealth fund for the local area. Subject to consultation with nearby communities, we will be proposing to focus the community wealth fund for the on discounted electricity bills and energy efficiency grants for all households within 10km of the project.
The Dorenell Wind Farm Extension and Biodiversity Enhancement Plan is set against the backdrop of the climate emergency, and the need to transition to renewable energy sources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions globally from polluting fossil fuels.
The project will support the transition to a low carbon economy and the delivery of the Scottish Government’s ambitious legally-binding target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.1 In addition, we believe that the Bioversity Enhancement Plan will deliver the largest peatland restoration project of its kind ever associated with a Scottish wind farm, delivering further carbon savings and contributing to the Scottish Government’s target to restore 20,000 hectares of peatland each year.2