3R Energy, on behalf of Spirebush Ltd, submitted a Scoping Report to the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit (ECU) in September 2022 to seek early consultation for a mixed renewable energy development on land to the west of the existing Hagshaw Energy Cluster in South Lanarkshire/East Ayrshire.
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The project (as scoped) is of strategic scale and would make a significant contribution to our energy security needs and national targets for renewable energy pre-2030, as well as delivering substantial investment in nature restoration and local communities as part of the Just Transition to a fairer, greener Scotland.
The development has the capacity to produce enough clean power for the equivalent of every home in Glasgow whilst also generating c.£100 m of investment in local communities (including a Local Energy Discount Scheme proposal) and c.£40 m of investment in the Muirkirk & North Lowther Uplands Special Protection Area (SPA) and the Muirkirk Uplands Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The design of the project is at an early stage with proposals to connect up to 500 megawatts of additional wind generation, 50 megawatts of solar generation and 100 megawatts of battery storage capacity from the Hagshaw Energy Cluster by 2028.
The development would also contain a Green Hydrogen Production Facility on the M74 motorway, capable of generating up to 20,000 kg of green hydrogen per day as part of a separate (but linked) Town and Country Planning application to be submitted to the local planning authority.
3R Energy is committed to engaging positively with communities in the local area to ensure that the final project design maximises benefits to be delivered locally. The design of the project is ongoing while data in relation to the site conditions continues to be collected. The final proposals will be informed by the results of environmental and technical surveys and the feedback from the Scoping process and community consultation exercises.
An initial series of Public Consultation Events was held in November 2022 in the communities closest to the project to ensure that local stakeholders were made aware of the emerging proposal and had the opportunity to provide valuable feedback to help realise the project’s full potential. The Public Events were advertised locally in advance and took place as follows:
- Muirkirk – Monday 14th November 2022 at The Hub, Furnace Rd, Muirkirk from 2pm and 7pm
- Sandford – Tuesday 15th November 2022 at Sandford Village Hall, Stonehouse Road, Sandford from 2pm and 7pm
- Lesmahagow – Wednesday 16th November 2022 at the Fountain Community Centre, Abbeygreen, Lesmahagow from 2pm and 7pm
- Douglas – Thursday 17th November 2022, at the St Bride’s Centre, Braehead, Douglas ML11 0PT from 2pm to 7pm
- Coalburn – Monday 21st November 2022, at the Coalburn Miners Welfare, 42 Coalburn Road, Coalburn, ML11 0LH from 2pm to 7pm.
A formal Scoping Opinion was received from the Scottish Ministers in March 2023 which 3R Energy is now carefully considering in order to decide the optimum way forward for the project. The original timeframe for submission of an application for the project has been delayed whilst additional survey and design work is carried out. We will provide a further update on a revised timescale for submission of an application soon, with a view to holding a second round of public exhibitions later in 2023 to update the local community on the final proposal which will be the subject of an application to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit.
If you have any questions regarding this project in the meantime, the project team can be contacted via: firstname.lastname@example.org