Ventient Energy secures the operation of six sites in Scotland and England for 35 years.
Ventient Energy has secured approval for 10-year extensions to the original planning consents at its Ardrossan, Dalswinton, Galawhistle, Glenkerie, Lambrigg, and Minsca wind farms.
In total 84 wind turbines will now be able to run for 10 more years, with an overall installed capacity of 191.3MW powering the equivalent of 152,058 homes per year*.
Speaking about the motivation behind the extension applications, Karl Parker, Assistant Project Manager at Ventient Energy, said: “Our aim at Ventient Energy is to ensure the UK does not lose vital green electricity capacity through the decommissioning of our operational assets. It is key we identify those wind farms in need of planning extension to ensure the UK continues its journey towards it’s 2050 net zero targets.”
Ventient Energy worked alongside Joanna Thornton Project Development & Management Services with the support of RSK Environment to plan and submit extension applications to a total of five consenting bodies in Scotland and England between November 2022 and October 2023.
All approvals were received by December 2023, with no objections from statutory consultees to any of the applications. At the Ardrossan site, situated above the town of Ardrossan on the Ayrshire coast, the timeframe from submission to determination was less than 7 weeks.
The six planning applications did not seek to change the operational wind farms, simply to vary the operating life. Ventient Energy has committed to uplifts of five community benefit funds with the exception of one site where the fund was more recently established’.
“We are committed to continuing the maximisation of the environmental, social, and economic benefits our wind farms provide, and this has been achieved through extending the planning consents for a further 10 years of six of our assets across the UK”, Karl added.
About Ventient Energy
Ventient Energy is a pan-European non-utility developer and generator of renewable energy. Its portfolio has grown quickly since its inception in 2017, and it currently owns and operates renewable assets in Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the UK, with a total installed capacity of 2.8 GW.
Its vision is to generate renewable energy to secure the future of the people and the planet. Ventient supports both its local and global communities, and its ambitious plans will see it generate even more renewable energy in the coming years, harnessing diverse natural resources for the benefit of future generations and the environment.
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*Based on the Installed Capacity x Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) “all wind” load factor expressed as a fraction of 1^ x number of hours in a year (8,760 hours) / Average Annual Domestic Electricity Consumption (MWh)^^
^BEIS’s long-term average load factor for “all wind” (31.84%) expressed as a fraction of 1 (0.3184). Source for capacity factors is Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES) published annually by BEIS.
^^Annual GB Average Domestic Consumption Values from BEIS (3,509kWh).
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