Hoolan Energy is considering a wind farm consisting of up to five turbines called Hesta Head Wind Farm - the proposal is on South Ronaldsay near Ward Hill.
The turbines would be up to 125m in height. We installed a met mast for the project in March 2016 to measure the wind speeds and submitted a planning application in March 2017.
The Orkney Islands host some of the best wind resource in the world and we are delighted to have secured Contracts for Difference (CfD) for our Costa Head and Hesta Head projects. Combined, the projects will contribute nearly 40MW of commercial scale island wind, enough power to supply approximately 23,000 homes each year.
Earlier this week, Ofgem conditionally approved a 220MW transmission link from the Orkney islands. Ofgem’s approval is conditional on a total of 135MW of new wind farm projects on Orkney being awarded a CfD or being financially viable by December 2021. The new electricity link will enable new wind farms and tidal arrays on Orkney to send electricity to the mainland. The new interconnector is a key strategic priority of the Orkney Islands Council and these new wind farms are critical to realising that goal.
Once operational, the wind farms will provide significant economic benefit to the islands including a community benefit of £5,000 per MW installed and an additional £1,000 per MW installed towards fuel poverty.
Hoolan Energy, as part of Low Carbon, have developed the projects.
Commenting on the announcement, Steve Mack, Head of Investments at Low Carbon said: “We have been developing Costa Head and Hesta Head for almost five years and are delighted to secure CfD contracts for both projects. We look forward to the other Orkney projects completing their development thus enabling construction of the interconnector to start as soon as possible. The auction has once again cleared below where industry experts were predicting, and it is appropriate on Climate Action Day that we see a further 6GW of clean, green renewable energy generation being procured in the UK. What is clear from this auction is that it is now completely untenable for the Government to justify its preference for offshore wind as a “less established technology” and we look forward to onshore wind and solar being able to compete in future Contracts for Difference auctions and driving further decarbonisation at even lower cost.”
Hoolan Energy has lodged appeals to the DPEA for Hesta Head Wind Farm and Costa Head Wind Farm.
Both projects received no objections from any statutory consultees and we want the decisions to be reviewed so the benefits of the projects can be examined by a reporter and we will update on the appeal progress.
Hesta Head Wind Farm and Costa Head Wind Farm will both be considered at Orkney Island Council’s Planning Committee on 31 August 2018.
Costa Head Wind Farm has been recommended for approval by Orkney Island Council’s planning officers and has received no objections from any of the statutory consultees. In the report, the Planning Officer states the “employment creation, socio-economic benefits of shared ownership, carbon displacement and contribution towards the needs case for the subsea transmission cable are considered to outweigh landscape and historic environment concerns.”
Hesta Head Wind Farm has also received no objections from any of the statutory consultees, including no objections from SNH, SEPA and Historic Environment Scotland, however the Council’s planning officer has recommended the project for refusal on landscape impact grounds, stating: “Many issues are already considered to have no unacceptable impact, through design iteration, mitigation, as could be controlled by planning conditions, or a combination. Consideration is finely balanced between the benefits and residual adverse effects. In the end, landscape impact concerns are considered to outweigh employment creation, socio-economic benefits of shared ownership, carbon displacement and contribution towards the needs case for the subsea transmission cable.”
Both Hesta Head Wind Farm and Costa Head Wind Farm have exceptional wind speeds and are located in the Orkney Islands Council Development Plan as being within an area with potential for wind farm development. We have consulted and redesigned the projects following feedback and it is welcome that both projects have received no objections from any statutory consultees. We welcome the positive recommendation for Costa Head Wind Farm and we are disappointed that Hesta Head Wind Farm has been recommended for refusal on landscape grounds.
Although a separate process to the Hoolan Energy proposals, grid is a topic that is raised with us at various exhibition events.
SSEN has recently advertised a series of public consultation events regarding their transmission infrastructure proposals for the Orkney islands. Their team will be in attendance at these open door events - the dates and locations for the events are as follows –
Mon 30th April - The Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall, 14:00 – 19:00
Tue 1st May - Harray Community Centre, Harray, 14:00 – 19:00
Wed 2nd May - Bellview Hotel, St Margaret’s Hope, 14:00 – 19:00
Thu 3rd May - North Walls Community School, Hoy, 11:00 – 15:00
For further information on the project, please visit their dedicated website - https://www.ssen-transmission.
Thanks, Hoolan Energy.
On 27 March 2018, we held an exhibition at the Cromarty Hall to highlight the recent submission of an addendum for our proposals for Hesta Head Wind Farm. At the exhibition, the following exhibition boards were on display - please click on the link below to open up the Boards:
Thank you to all the residents who attended and provided feedback at the event. Also at the exhibition, we provided information on how the project, if consented, can help tackle fuel poverty as well as the potential economic benefits of the wind farm. Hoolan Energy commissioned THAW Orkney, a charity established in 2014 to assist fuel poor households in Orkney, to outline how the projects could help alleviate fuel poverty. We have committed to providing an additional £1,000 per MW of installed capacity per annum over the lifetime of each project if this is ‘match funded’ with £1,000 per MW from the community benefit fund specifically to address fuel poverty, giving the local community the option of additional funds. Please find links to background documents:
Please do get in touch if you have any questions regarding any of the above documents or Information Boards. Thank you.
Although a separate application process to the Hoolan Energy proposals, grid is a topic that is raised with us at various Hesta Head Wind Farm Information Events. Therefore, please find details from Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) on forthcoming consultation events:
Stromness Community Centre
Wednesday 22 November, 2pm – 7pm
Firth Community Centre, Finstown
Thursday 23 November, 2pm – 7pm
Kirkwall and St Ola Community Centre
Friday 24 November, 2pm – 7pm
Thanks. Hoolan Energy.
Hoolan Energy has recently submitted an application to Orkney Islands Council, asking for an extension of time for our met mast installation at Hesta Head.
The met masts for both proposed sites were erected in March 2016. We have planning permission for 18 months, which expires in September 2017.
We've asked for a variation to the planning permission to keep the met mast in place until 20 June 2018 in order to allow us to collect further wind data. This will help inform us of the localised wind patterns at each site so that the best candidate turbine can be selected if either project is consented. The met masts have been collecting data since they were first erected and have had no issues.
Both sites are extremely windy. We believe these will be some of the windiest sites in the UK for a wind farm, producing exceptional yields of renewable energy.
Hoolan Energy would like to thank the organisers and all the visitors who visited our Stand at both the Hope Show and Dounby Show in August 2017.
The weather was great on both days and we had an opportunity to answer questions on our proposals for Hesta Head Wind Farm.
Well done to all the winners of the various competitions during the day. We also held a 'Hidden Treasure' map of Orkney competition and a giant jenga competition.
Hoolan Energy held an Information Day in relation to Hesta Head Wind Farm on 29 June 2017 at Cromarty Hall. At the event, the following information boards were made available - please click on the link below to open up the Boards:
Thank you to all the residents who attended and provided feedback on our proposals for Shared Ownership at the event. We will update the website with further information on shared ownership and we are organising roundtable events later in the summer as well. Please get in touch if you have any queries on the wind farm proposals or ideas on shared ownership.
We will be holding Information Day events for our two wind farm proposals in Orkney. The exhibitions are to provide an update on the proposals as well as set out further information on possible shared ownership models for the wind farms. The Information Day details are as follows:
Hesta Head Wind Farm
Date: Thursday 29th June 2017
Time: 1pm – 7pm
Venue: Cromarty Hall, St Margaret’s Hope, South Ronaldsay, KW17 2SN
Costa Head Wind Farm
Date: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Time: 1pm – 7pm
Venue: Birsay Community Hall, Oxtro, Birsay, KW17 2LY
The planning applications are currently being considered by Orkney Islands Council and are receiving consultee responses. If either project is consented, we want to ensure that the community as a whole, including those unable to invest in the scheme, benefit from the wind farm. We will have more information at the exhibition events and will upload it to the website as well.
We have recently submitted a planning application to Orkney Islands Council for the proposed Hesta Head Wind Farm, near Ward Hill on South Ronaldsay.
The proposed development is for five turbines up to 125m in height to tip and will have a capacity of up to 20.4MW. The plans for the wind development at Hesta Head were first announced in April 2015 and Hoolan Energy installed a met mast at the site in March 2016.
As part of a planning application, a number of supporting documents and detailed assessments are required to be submitted to the planning authority (Orkney Islands Council). Please find the following documents below that make part of our planning application and please click on the documents to open them up and review (NB please note these are large files - between 1MB and 3.5MB):
Hesta Head Wind Farm Planning Statement
Hesta Head Wind Farm Non-Technical Summary
Hesta Head Wind Farm Design & Access Statement
Hesta Head Wind Farm Pre-Application Consultation
Hesta Head Wind Farm Site Location Plan
Hesta Head Wind Farm Site Layout Plan
Planning Application - Chapter 1, Introduction
Planning Application - Chapter 2, Proposed Development
Planning Application - Chapter 3, Approach to EIA
All of these documents as well as further detailed chapters will be available online on Orkney Islands Council's planning portal once the application is validated and advertised in the local press. We understand a hardcopy of all of these documents will also be available to be viewed at Orkney Library in Kirkwall. If you have any further questions then please contact us via details found on the Contact Page.
Hoolan Energy has recently submitted a planning application to Orkney Islands Council for the proposed Hesta Head Wind Farm, near Ward Hill on South Ronaldsay. We will update the webpage with a number of supporting documents and please visit the page for updates on the project.
It may take a little time for Orkney Islands Council to validate the application (the Environmental Statement and technical appendices are hundreds of pages), but when this has been done the Council will place an advertisement in the Orcadian. There will then be an opportunity for the public to provide their views direct to the planning authority as well as view a paper copy of the planning application at the Orkney Library, 44 Junction Road, Kirkwall.
The proposed development is for five turbines up to 125m in height to tip and will have a capacity of up to 20.4MW. The plans for the wind development at Hesta Head were first announced in April 2015 and Hoolan Energy installed a met mast at the site in March 2016. The application follows a Scoping exercise, Environmental Impact Assessment work and a public exhibition at Cromarty Hall.
Hoolan Energy has committed to offering the project as a shared ownership model, giving local groups and residents the opportunity to invest in the scheme. The shared ownership model of the project is separate to traditional community benefit, whereby Hoolan Energy is also committed to offering £5,000 per MW per annum during the lifetime of the project (25 years). The community benefit will be index linked and, if the project is consented and has an installed capacity of 20.4MW, then this would amount to over £100,000 per annum in community benefit.
If consented, the wind farm will cost in the region of £20m to construct and Hoolan Energy is committed to using local companies where possible and work with the local supply chain to maximise the benefits during the construction phase. Hoolan Energy has already made a transmission grid connection application for the proposal and accepted the grid offer from National Grid, with an indicative connection date of October 2022 should the proposal be consented. Scottish & Southern Energy Networks are responsible for the grid infrastructure design and route in Orkney as well the wider grid upgrades planned to reinforce the existing grid connection from Orkney to Caithness. Scottish & Southern Energy Networks have recently held information days in Orkney to discuss their plans and more information can be found at www.ssen-transmission.co.uk/projects/orkney/
We are grateful for the feedback to date and we would like to thank all the residents who have been in touch with us to date and their input into the process.