Welcome to our website for Dorenell Extension Wind Farm and Biodiversity Enhancement Plan

Galileo is developing 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.

We believe the location could support a project which would make a meaningful contribution to Scotland’s renewable energy and climate change targets, and deliver a significant community wealth fund for the local area.

Our initial proposals are:

  • Up to 74 turbines – 61 with a maximum tip height of 200 metres and 13 with a maximum tip height of 180 metres; 
  • A battery energy storage system, and 
  • 870 hectares of peatland enhancement and restoration, equivalent to more than 1,200 football pitches. 

Our project is not just about energy generation, it’s about making a real difference. It would see the project generate the equivalent of the annual power needs of 575,000 homes and displace some 690,000 tonnes of CO2 each year – a carbon saving equal to taking 400,000 cars off the road. This is a significant step towards a greener, more sustainable future.* 

The project’s battery storage element would support the wider decarbonisation of the electricity system, and the biodiversity enhancement plan would reduce carbon losses from extensive areas of damaged peatland on site, delivering further carbon savings and increasing biodiversity. 

In addition to the environmental benefits, the project would also support an annual community benefit fund of £2.7 million to be invested in the local area each year. Thisancial boost could be a game-changer for our community, supporting local initiatives and improving the quality of life for all. We are also working to develop a way to provide free electricity to all households within 5km of the project, further enhancing  significant finthe economic benefits for the local community.

We will also explore the potential for the local community to take up to fiveip of the wind farm and work percent ownersh with business support organisations to maximise contract opportunities for local businesses.

The project would see 1,200 ‘job years’ created in the Moray Council area alone during construction of the wind farm, and support 50 full-time equivalent roles in Moray on an ongoing basis over its lifetime.

Detail on the proposals will be published on this website on Tuesday 28th May, along with options for providing feedback to Galileo.

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).

Please note that comments made to the applicant are not representations to the Scottish Ministers and if the applicant submits an application there will be an opportunity to make representations on that application to the Scottish Ministers.

*Figures based on:

  • Site-specific load factor of 40 per cent as per Galileo’s initial wind surveys
  • UK Government estimate of average annual household consumption of 3,239kWh, CLICK HERE.
  • Carbon emissions of 371kg per MWh for gas-fired power generation as per UK Government conversion factors, CLICK HERE.
  • UK Government figure of 32,889,000 cars on UK roads in 2021 (accessible here) and total UK emissions from cars and taxis of 57MtCO2e in the same year (accessible here)

The Dorenell Extension Wind Farm 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 2045.3 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.4

Facts and Figures

Community Engagement

At Galileo, we strongly believe in the need for ongoing dialogue regarding our projects. We will consult and listen carefully to views on the proposals for Dorenell Extension Wind Farm and Biodiversity Enhancement Plan, making changes where possible as we develop our proposals.

As part of this process, we believe in meaningful and effective consultation, aiming to engage early with the local community and key stakeholders. This helps to identify issues and concerns, as well as benefits and opportunities, that we can then consider when developing the design of the proposal.

We seek to embrace the Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits when developing and implementing our community benefits packages, including our community wealth funding,1 and are committed to Galileo developing projects that deliver substantial and tangible local, long-term benefits.

1. Community Wealth Fund

We adhere to best practice guidance in relation to community benefit and are committed to delivering substantial and tangible long-term benefits locally. If consented, the Project will provide a significant community wealth fund of £5,000 per MW, per year, for the lifetime of the project.  

Based on an anticipated generating capacity of 533MW, the community wealth fund will be in the region of £2.7 million per year – more than £100 million over the 40-year lifespan of the project.  

It is our intention to set up a community benefit company which would manage the Community Wealth Fund, consider applications and disburse funding.  Galileo has started to engage with local groups, organisations and trusts to identify how such a fund can best support priorities and projects in the local area.  

Our initial ideas on how the fund could best benefit the local area include: 

  • Electricity bill discounts 
  • Grants for energy efficiency improvements and installation of clean heating technologies 
  • Development of affordable housing 
  • Grants to support local school leavers and adults in training and further and higher education 
  • Recreational amenities, such as footpaths and cycle trails 
  • Support for local community clubs and sporting facilities 
  • EV charging points 
  • Childcare services 
  • Improved local public transport 

2. Renewable Electricity Discount Scheme (REDS)

Galileo wants to ensure that the local community share in the success of the project and is currently looking at a range of ways to deliver free electricity to every household within 5km of the project, and plans are currently being assessed to consider the extent to which households out to 10km could benefit from discount electricity bills.

It should be noted that this is subject to further community consultation.

3. Community Shared Ownership

In addition to the Community Wealth Fund, the local community will have the opportunity to take up to a 5% ownership stake in the wind farm, which would generate further revenues to invest in the local area.

The Galileo team has been directly involved in the successful delivery of community shared ownership schemes elsewhere in Scotland. We also have 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 the local community.

Public Consultation Events

The first round of our public consultation was held in May and June. We held three consultation events in Strathdon, Dufftown, and the Cabrach and Glenfiddich Estate at the end of May. We were delighted to receive feedback on our initial proposals at those events, and also through our website, which was open to receive comments by 21st June.

The feedback we have received is already making a significant impact on our design work. We are now in the process of evaluating it, and it willher shape our designs before we hold our second community consultation round later this year. be used to furt

Economic Impacts

The onshore wind sector already supports more than 3,400 jobs across Scotland and added £1.49 billion to the Scottish economy in 2021, according to a recent report by the respected Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde. 2

Analysis of the project proposals by Biggar Economics suggests that the wind farm alone would support 1,200 ‘job years’ in Moray during construction and 50 full time equivalent roles on an ongoing basis over its operational lifespan.

Galileo is committed to maximising the positive local economic impacts from the Project’s construction, operation and maintenance, and will seek to achieve this through:

  • Working with local organisations, such as the Chamber of Commerce, Business Gateway and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, to identify potential local suppliers;
  • Publicising relevant contract opportunities;
  • Holding ‘meet the buyer’ events to engage directly with local businesses
  • Meeting with local suppliers
  • Working with turbine supplier and other ‘senior’ suppliers to ensure that they look to award any contract opportunities locally and recruit from the local area wherever possible.

We are keen to hear from local businesses who may be able to offer the skills and services that we will require to progress the project, so if you would like to understand more about the opportunities for the local supply chain, please email dorenellextension@galileoenergy.uk

Jason Morin

Senior 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 7000MW 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 thirty markets. Galileo’s funders are long-term infrastructure and pension funds with a global footprint, international mindset and a collaborative mentality.

Website: www.galileoenergy.uk

Further Information

To discuss the Dorenell Extension Wind Farm and Biodiversity Enhancement Plan proposal in more detail, please fill in the feedback form below or contact:

Jason Morin
Senior Project Manager
Galileo
7-9 N St David St
Edinburgh EH2 1AW

Email: dorenellextension@galileoenergy.uk
Telephone: 0131 202 3259