Vattenfall finally secures finance for South Kyle onshore wind farm

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Swedish state-owned generator Vattenfall has committed to build its biggest UK onshore wind farm in the Scottish Borders.

South Kyle, five kilometres east of Dalmellington in Ayr, is now destined be a 240MW project, against 165MW planned earlier. That will make it some 10MW larger than Vattenfall’s 230MW Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in south Wales.

Subject to Covid-19 curbs on construction, the firm anticipates the farm will come on stream in spring 2023, twelve months later than planned.

Greencoat UK Wind has ended Vattenfall’s hunt for a finance partner for the project. Investing in nearly 1GW of operating UK wind farms, the financier will assume ownership of the farm on completion.

Two years ago the Swedes were touting PPAs as small as 1MW or 3GWh annually to underwrite the project. The government’s lifting last month of its ban on onshore wind competing in CfD auctions appears to have reduced the need for such work-arounds.

Vattenfall will manage South Kyle’s assets for ten years, including its 50 turbines with tips 149.5 metres high and has committed to buying the farm’s output, estimated in the region of 700GWh per annum, for fifteen years.

Vattenfall describes South Kyle as a consented site. Community benefit is highlighted in the South Kyle package, in the form of a £38m development investment promised to local groups.

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  1. I live in this area and it has obviously been selected to be ‘ thee ‘ place for windfarms in the UK. Our countryside is being well and truly OBLITERATED. We must have the MAGIC WIND in these parts. Since this has been deemed a NATIONAL CLIMATE EMERGENCY let’s have the country take more responsibility and plant these things around the Pentland hills near EDINBURGH. The Scottish Government should lead by example.


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