Crosbie Wind Farm

Galileo is exploring the potential for an onshore renewable development, Crosbie Wind Farm, on an upland area in between the towns of West Kilbride, Dalry and Fairlie in North Ayrshire.

We are in the initial stages of the proposed project’s development and we would like to start a conversation with the local community about how a sustainable development project in the area could help to support the local economy and actively contribute to Scotland’s renewable energy and climate change targets.

The initial proposals envisage:

  • Up to 13 turbines, with a maximum tip height of up to 200m.
  • A Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to store the renewable energy that is produced on the site.
  • The proposal will have the capacity to generate over 78MW clean, green energy.
  • Crosbie Wind Farm could power up to 51,289 homes per year – ref: https://www.renewableuk.com/page/UKWEDExplained

Project Proposal

We are in the initial stages of the proposed project’s development and are enthusiastic to hear from the local community about how a sustainable development project in the area could help support the local economy in North Ayrshire and actively contribute to Scotland’s renewable energy and climate change targets.

We were pleased to welcome over 150 people to our first round of public consultation events in November 2023 which were held in Dalry, Ardrossan, West Kilbride, Millport and Fairlie. We are currently analysing the feedback received at the events and are refining the proposal.

We intend to hold a second round of public consultation in Spring 2024, and will share details of those events on this project website and with the local community ahead of the events taking place. 

Resources & Downloads

Here you will be able to find downloads and resources relating to the Crosbie Wind Farm proposal. Check back for the latest information as the project develops.

February 2024 - Crosbie Wind Farm - Newsletter Autumn 2023 - Crosbie Wind Farm - Newsletter November 2023* - Crosbie Wind Farm - Exhibition Boards Give us your feedback on Crosbie Wind Farm

* Exhibition boards updated 28th November 2023

Site Location…

Reproduced from Ordnance Survey digital map data @ Crown Copyright 2022. All rights reserved. Licence number 0100031673

Frequently Asked Questions

Please find some frequently asked questions below. If we can address any further questions specific to the site, please get in touch with us at .

Scotland has ambitious renewable energy targets, and onshore wind power plays a significant role in achieving these goals. Onshore wind power is among the cheapest and fastest renewable energy technologies to deploy, helping to reduce carbon emissions and dependency on fossil fuels.

Assessing the site’s suitability for an onshore wind proposal involves a series of surveys and studies to ensure that the chosen location is viable for wind energy generation. Here are some of the critical surveys and assessments typically undertaken:

  • Wind Resource Assessment: This is one of the most critical surveys. Anemometers are installed at different heights to measure wind speeds and directions over an extended period (usually a year or more). This data is used to determine the long-term wind resource potential at the site.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): EIA studies assess the potential environmental impacts of the proposed wind farm. This includes studies on wildlife, ecosystems, and any potential effects on local communities. It may also involve archaeological and cultural impact assessments.
  • Grid Connection Assessment: This determines the feasibility of connecting the wind farm to the local electrical grid. It includes studies on grid capacity, infrastructure upgrades, and the associated costs.
  • Geotechnical Surveys: These assess the soil and foundation conditions at the site to ensure they can support the weight and vibration of wind turbine foundations.
  • Topographical Surveys: These surveys create detailed maps of the site’s terrain, which is essential for designing the layout of the wind turbines and access roads.
  • Noise Impact Assessment: This assesses the potential noise impact of the turbines on nearby residents. Noise studies help determine appropriate setbacks and mitigation measures.
  • Visual Impact Assessment: This evaluates the visual impact of the wind turbines on the landscape and local communities. It considers factors like turbine height, colour, and placement.
  • Avian and Bat Studies: These studies assess the potential impact of the wind turbines on bird and bat populations. They may involve bird migration studies and bat activity surveys.
  • Shadow Flicker Assessment: This determines whether the rotating turbine blades create annoying flickering shadows for nearby residents and suggests measures to mitigate this.
  • Public Consultation: Engaging with local communities and stakeholders is a crucial part of the site suitability assessment. It helps gather feedback, address concerns, and build support for the project.
  • Meteorological Data Analysis: Analysing historical meteorological data for the area can provide additional insights into the wind patterns and variability at the site.
  • Regulatory Compliance Assessment: Ensuring the proposed wind farm complies with all local, regional, and national regulations and permits is essential.
  • The results of these surveys and assessments inform the decision-making process for an onshore wind proposal. If the site is deemed suitable, detailed design and engineering work can begin, leading to the construction and operation of the wind farm.

The west coast of Scotland experiences strong and consistent wind patterns due to its geographical location, with the Atlantic Ocean providing a continuous source of wind. This makes it an ideal location for harnessing wind energy. The local area is synonymous with carbon-neutral energy production, and we wish to continue the world renowned industry standards and traditions of sustainable energy security in this area. We will develop the proposal for the site in close consultation with the local community, and evolve the site design further to ongoing environmental and ecological studies on the site.

We will be holding an initial round of public exhibitions at the end of November 2023 so that members of the public can view and discuss our early-stage proposals. This will include Zones of Theoretical Visibility (ZTVs), mapping, photomontages as well as significant details of the project design and build. As the project evolves, we will hold more public consultation events to reflect any changes based on ongoing feedback.

Following extensive public consultation, we then take the feedback from the public and the scoping phase and present our final design to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit who will determine a decision on the application. We anticipate submitting the application around Q3 2024.

At this early stage of development, no fixed date for construction has been programmed.

A Scottish Government-commissioned research project, looking at the potential impact of wind farms on house prices found that there are no consistent negative effects on house price growth from being situated near to a wind farm. The study can be found here.

Galileo is committed to developing projects that deliver substantial and tangible benefits locally and foster strong community relations. If successful, millions of pounds will be spent locally over the project’s lifetime, in addition to creating and supporting existing jobs in areas such as construction and hospitality. For the lifetime of Crosbie Wind Farm, we will provide the local community with an investment package worth £5,000 per MW installed per year, in addition to options for the community to own a stake in the wind farm once operational.

We are fully committed to involving local communities in all stages of the project, and this includes using local suppliers during the construction and operation phases of the project. 

This will maximise opportunities for local businesses to provide goods and services. If you own or work for a local company that would like to get involved in our supply chain, please get in touch.

Discussions with network operator are at an early stage, and they will develop a proposal which will go through its own consultation/planning process as the project progresses.

We launched Crosbie Wind Farm in the local community in September 2023, which effectively began our community engagement and public consultation on the project. We are committed to informing the community of all milestones from the start until the end of site decommissioning. This will involve attending physical meetings of community councils as well as making our proposals available during public exhibitions. We have made this website user-friendly with direct contact with the project manager.

Please use the contact us facility on this website and we will answer any questions you may have.

Indicative Timeline

Our indicative timeline for the development of the project is as follows. The design will be an iterative process, and the project timelines may shift based on ongoing feedback.

  1. Surveys Underway
    2023

  2. Submission to Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit and early community dialogue on potential proposal

    Autumn 2023 VIEW SUBMISSION
  3. On display in public consultation events

    November 2023

  4. further to community feedback and ongoing site studies

    Early 2024
  5. put on display in public consultation events

    Spring 2024
  6. 2024

  7. 2024

  8. 2025

  9. TBC

  10. TBC

Our commitments

Galileo’s Community Offering

Crosbie Wind Farm will be developed in close partnership with the local community, and we will shortly embark on an extensive and wide-ranging consultation which will provide local people with multiple opportunities to participate in and contribute to the development of the project.

Our responsible approach towards project development will ensure that Crosbie Wind Farm is delivered in a way that’s good for our neighbours, the surrounding natural environment, and the local community. We will:

  • Explore opportunities to deliver green skills and jobs in the local area, and utilise local supply chains where possible
  • Uphold best practice principles towards the delivery of an annual community benefit fund of £5,000 per MW of installed capacity
  • Provide community ownership options in Crosbie Wind Farm of up to 10% – where the profits generated by an ownership stake can be used to benefit the comunity
  • Listen to community feedback on the proposals and support local initiatives where possible.

Climate emergency

The proposal for Crosbie Wind Farm is set against the backdrop of the climate emergency, and the need to transition to renewable energy sources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions globally from polluting fossil fuels.

It is no understatement to say that man-made climate change is the defining crisis of our time, and it is happening even more quickly than we feared, with major global impacts. The Met Office has confirmed 2022 was Scotland’s hottest year since records began in 1884, and all ten of the UK’s warmest years took place in the past two decades.2

Crosbie Wind Farm will make a significant contribution to the Scottish Government’s target to reach net zero emissions by 2045, and generate 50% of Scotland’s total energy demand from renewable power by 2030.

Recent events, such as the war in Ukraine, have also focused people’s minds on the risks of overreliance on imported fossil fuels, with the rising cost of gas driving the huge increase in energy bills.

Onshore wind is one of the cheapest sources of new-build electricity generation in the UK – helping us to insulate Scotland and the rest of the UK from future price shocks, and play a key role in decarbonising heat, power and transport.

In addition to the Community Wealth Fund, up to 10% ownership in the project will be offered to the community surrounding the development. Galileo has long-term experience in working with government advisers on such matters, who can assist in providing professional advice and support to the local community.

Any profits that come out of any ownership stake can be used to benefit the community. Additionally, our team is extremely well placed given they have been directly involved in successfully delivering community shared ownership elsewhere in the UK.

About Galileo

Galileo is a fast-growing pan-European, multi-technology, renewable energy developer, owner and operator, with a mission to significantly contribute to achieving global emission reduction targets.

We aim to do this by developing enough smart, efficient, high-quality and integrated green energy projects, so that renewable energy becomes the primary source of electricity for all energy consumers in Europe.

Founded in 2020, Galileo currently has a project development portfolio of over 7000MW across multiple European countries, including the UK, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Poland.

Our senior management team is made up of leading energy and investment experts that bring decades of international experience across more than thirty markets. Galileo’s funders are long-term infrastructure and pension funds with a global footprint, international mindset and a collaborative mentality.

Further Information

Our Scotland-based project team is committed to developing projects which deliver substantial and tangible benefits locally and foster strong community relations.

Please get in contact with your questions about the early-stage proposals, and your suggestions for how we can engage inclusively with the community on the proposals.

General & Press Enquiries:
Email: crosbiewindfarm@galileoenergy.uk

Project-specific Enquiries:
Laura Petrie
Project Manager Galileo
7-9 N St David St Edinburgh EH2 1AW
Email:Laura.Petrie@galileoenergy.uk
Web: www.galileoenergy.uk