Minsca Wind Farm is situated near the village of Bankshill, east of Lockerbie in Dumfries and Galloway.

The wind farm is very close to the site where the bombed PanAm airliner crashed in 1988. It was acquired from Scottish and Southern Energy plc in April 2011 and has been generating electricity since June 2008. The wind farm has a 15 year power purchase agreement with a utility offtaker.

Minsca’s 16 turbines are rated at 2.3MW, the site has a 36.8MW installed capacity and can generate enough energy to power 21,750 homes*.

Benefiting local communities

Minsca’s community fund is administered by Dumfries & Galloway Council for the benefit of more than 20 communities in the local area. Each community is given an agreed amount and provides documentation to the Council to support how the money is to be allocated.

Recently supported projects include providing funding over two years to replace the floor in a community hall, support for a Christmas Lunch for elderly people and a grant to assist a local primary school for a visit to London.

Alan Alexander

Asset Manager

Vital Statistics

  • Installed capacity: 36.8MW
  • Number of turbines: 16
  • Turbine type: Siemens SWT 2.3MW
  • Hub height: 80m
  • Blade length: 40m
  • Expected P50 energy yield: 89.5GWh
  • Annual house-hold power equivalent: 21,750 homes*

*Based on an average energy yield and assumed annual household usage of 4,115 kWh per year^ = 21,750 homes.

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