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Mill Rig

Our plans to to build some of the UK’s most effective onshore wind turbines at Mill Rig Wind Farm, near Darvel in East Ayrshire were granted consent in September 2022. Straddling the South Lanarkshire and East Ayrshire border, Mill Rig will play host to six powerful wind turbines with an installed generation capacity of around 36MW – enough to meet the electricity needs of all the households in a town around the size of East Kilbride.

Our plan includes:

  • 6 turbines with maximum tip heights of up to 250m
  • Up to 36MW generation capacity – enough to power over 21,000 homes with green electricity*
  • 30 years life span

Key project benefits

22991 22,991

Homes provided with renewable electricity annually

6941 6,941

Equivalent number of petrol cars taken off the road annually

£ 5 5 .4M

Total community benefits fund

£ 18 18 M

Potential business rates value over the lifetime of the project

£ 23 23 M

Scottish construction investment

£ 11 11 .7M

Estimated value of local contracts (within 60km of the site)

330 330

Jobs directly supported

£ 450 450 K

Connect2Renewables Fund for the first five years of the project

18032 18,032

Tonnes of CO2 saved every year

150 150

Connect2Renewables training and employment opportunities

Community updates and public consultation webinars

As the project has evolved through the pre-application process, we delivered two sets of online events. You can view our presentations, survey results and the questions and answers from our sessions. You can still direct questions to the project team and sign up for project updates using the form below. Please contact the team if you have any comments or would like to arrange a one to one session to discuss any aspect of the project.

Initial themes from our consultation

  • The community are supportive of renewable energy
  • Community councils are keen to work with Banks Renewables to develop the project sensitively. Each have active community development plans that can be supported by the project
  • Local people want to support renewable energy and climate action
  • Community members want us to carefully consider the impact on wildlife, biodiversity and the long-term effects of a development
  • Local people want investment in local jobs
    Local people want the impact of the community benefit fund to be proximate to the wind farm, and not based on borders.
  • Sensitive consideration should be given to local water supplies, properties and roads during construction

What is happening?

Throughout the life of the Mill Rig Wind Farm project we want to work together with your local community to ensure that you are kept informed about what we are doing and you have plenty of opportunities to provide feedback.

Our approach

Banks Renewables is part of the Banks Group and we provide renewable energy to help meet society’s demand for clean green electricity in a sustainable and considerate way. Development with care is at the heart of our way of working. It means respect and consideration for the environment, your local  community, our employees and our business partners throughout the lifetime of our projects.

Mill Rig
Mill Rig site plan

How can I get involved?

We really want to hear your views on the Mill Rig Wind Farm project. If you have any question in relation to the project please get in touch using the form below.

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Local community fund

The Mill Rig wind farm proposal is committed to providing £5,000 per MW for your local community over the lifetime of the project. This could be up to £180k per year for your local community** each year the wind farm is operational. This fund will be built to help deliver on the needs and aspirations of your local community. We will work in partnership with local people to find out the best way for this fund to be used.

Here are some examples of our projects in South Lanarkshire showing how we have worked together with local people to deliver benefits that meets the needs of the community.

View our Kype Muir project

Economic benefits

We will work with local councils to maximise the social, economic and environmental benefit of the development to your local area. We are committed to delivering as high as percentage as possible of the contracted construction value to local companies in order to maximise the local economic benefits throughout the life of the wind farm.

Grid connection

In order to connect the Mill Rig Wind Farm to the National Grid, Scottish Power Energy Networks current proposal is to take an underground line along the pathway indicated in the map.

*Using Govt / BEIS approved methodology
**On the basis of up to 36MW operation

Want to talk to us about any of our developments?
Contact us now on 0191 378 6100 or email us

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