GREEN CAT is delighted ground has been broken on what could be Scotland’s first subsidy-free onshore wind project – and to have been part of the project.
Independent Scottish developer Muirhall Energy, with partners WWS Renewables, have begun construction at the 46MW Crossdykes wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland.
The project reached financial close in August, with Close Brothers Leasing funding the scheme and turbines supplied by German manufacturer Nordex.
Green Cat’s role is as Client’s Engineer, and works to date include support in procuring the balance of plant contracts, turbine supply contract, and grid connection to the transmission network.
Managing Grid Code Compliance, contract and construction supervision are part of Green Cat’s scope for the construction phase.
Green Cat Director, Gavin Catto commented:
“We are very happy to be working once again with Muirhall Energy and WWS Renewables, this time to deliver one of the UK’s first zero-subsidy wind projects.
“Green Cat is proud to continue offering Engineering and Project Management services in this new phase of the UK’s energy market.”
Power is planned to be generated in September next year, and once fully operational, Crossdykes will be able to produce electricity for about 45,000 homes.
Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse was pleased to see the project reach financial close, and break ground.
He commented: “This is a landmark moment for onshore wind in Scotland, in fulfilling a key policy objective we set within Scotland’s Energy Strategy, and I very much hope this will be followed by many more similar developments as we seek to address the climate emergency.”