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Windfall looms as Crossdykes turbines backed

Alastair YuleFifteen wind turbines are to be built in south west Scotland and will come with a cash benefit for the local community.

Dumfries and Galloway councillors backed the Crossdykes Wind Farm in Annandale proposed by Muirhall Energy.

Located between Lockerbie and Langholm,  the wind farm’s 130 metre-high turbines have a generating capacity of 48MW, equivalent to powering 28,400 average domestic households.

A £240,000 annual fund will be shared by local communities who are also considering the offer of sharing up to 10% of the project.

It is anticipated that approximately £30.2 million will be spent in the region over the 25 year lifetime of the windfarm, with an estimated value of contracts of £7.6m during the construction period and £6m of community investment.

The company has committed to using local contractors and other local businesses.

Alastair Yule, senior development manager at Lanark-based Muirhall Energy, said: “There was considerable support from a number of community councils for our proposals, as well as from other local groups and organisations, and we would clearly like to thank them for this. Their support was clearly reflected in the decision by councillors.

“Throughout this whole process we worked constructively with all consultees to deliver a well-designed wind farm, sympathetic to the local landscape and environment and we received no statutory or non-statutory consultee objections.

“A substantial community benefit package of £240,000 per annum will be shared by local communities, and discussions have already taken place on the potential for shared ownership.

“We would like to thank the councillors for listening to the views of the local communities and supporting our wind farm proposal.”

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