United Kingdom

Galawhistle Wind Farm is located on rough grazing land 4km west of the village of Douglas in South Lanarkshire.

Installed Capacity


No. of turbines


Turbine type

Vestas V90 3MW

Hub height

65m and 75m

Blade length


Expected P50 energy yield


Annual house-hold power equivalent

40,802 homes*

18 of the turbines are positioned on land that’s owned by Ventient Energy while the remaining four are distributed between two other landowners.

Planning consent for Galawhistle Wind Farm was received in August 2012 and was then varied in 2015 to allow for use of 45 metre blades, giving overall capacity at the site of 66MW.

Construction started on the site in March 2015 and it opened in March 2017. Its 22 turbines are rated at 3MW and can generate enough energy to power 40,802 homes*.

Benefiting local communities

Local communities within 10km of the wind farm (including those at Douglas, Coalburn and Glespin) benefit from The Ventient Energy Galawhistle Community fund which is managed by Foundation Scotland. The Fund was opened in 2017 and an annual contribution of £120,000, rising in line with inflation, will be paid into the Fund for the operating life of the wind farm.

Projects supported to date include a contribution to Coalburn Pipe Band for work on the roof and cladding of their hall while Douglasdale Real Group received funding to purchase an All Terrain Vehicle and a winch kit to assist in repairing nearby foot paths.

Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society also received funding to supply and install 12 laptops for a community training programme to upskill local people and help them back into the world of work. This project was then complemented by an award to Skills Exchange Scotland to establish weekly job clubs in Coalburn and Douglas.

Other beneficiaries have included Coalburn IOR pipe band, Glespin Community Group, 1st Douglas Brownies and 1st Douglas Rainbows.

Any questions relating to this wind farm should be directed to:

*Based on an average energy yield and assumed annual household usage of 4,115 kWh per year^ = 40,802 homes.

^Typical Domestic Consumption Values from Ofgem. Electricity: Profile Class 2 Medium 4.2MWh

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