The proposed wind turbines would be sited on land south west of Bennan Loch, around 1km east of the M77 and less than 1km west of the operational Whitelee wind farm in East Renfrewshire.
The Proposed Development would comprise the following principal components:
• 3 wind turbines, each with a maximum blade tip height of up to 149.9m
• turbine foundations at each wind turbine
• hard standings adjacent to each wind turbine, including crane pads
• underground electrical cabling
• a substation control building and compound
• access tracks, including one new watercourse crossing and new site entrance from the B674 Moor Road
• a temporary construction compound and laydown area
The layout of the Proposed Development is shown below.
The Proposed Development would have an anticipated installed capacity of approximately 15 MW and the wind turbines are estimated to produce approximately 50,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity annually. This is sufficient to meet the needs of around 14,250 average UK homes*.
The Proposed Development is expected to displace approximately 21,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year*.
The project also has a 2026 grid connection date which means that it will contribute to the Scottish Government’s target for a minimum of 20 GW of onshore wind by 2030.
A revised planning application for the proposed Moorshield Wind Farm was submitted to East Renfrewshire Council and validated on 14/09/2023, with planning reference 2023/0542/TP. All of the application documents can be viewed on the East Renfrewshire Council Planning Portal, and are also available below:
*Calculation correct as of December 2022 based on RenewableUK methodology, utilising the most recent household consumption and non-renewable emissions statistics from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (https://www.renewableuk.com/page/UKWEDExplained)”