At Belltown Power we are committed to working with local communities and stakeholders to responsibly develop renewable energy projects that help to deliver our Scottish climate change targets and ensure a green and sustainable future for generations to come.
We are facing an unprecedented global climate crisis caused by the use of fossil fuels to power our societies. In the past 50 years weather induced disasters have increased five-fold. 
CO2 ppm have risen by 28% in the past 50 years. We need to urgently cut greenhouse gas emissions to prevent irreversible temperature rises and nature loss. As electrification of transport and heating continues our demand for electricity will rise. It is vital we meet this increase, and existing demand, from renewable sources.
Cnoc Buidhe Wind Energy Hub has the potential to make a sizeable contribution to the decarbonisation of our electricity system and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Stats: The project could produce enough energy to power 157,382 households and save 238,574 tonnes of CO2 every year . This project is an opportunity for your community to contribute to tackling climate change in a significant way through hosting and part-owning a modern wind energy hub.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Sir David Attenborough
The site is located on the western side of Lussa Forest with Lussa Loch to the east, approximately 10 km northwest of Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsula.
Belltown Power’s Project Team are working closely with relevant specialists to carry out extensive site surveys and site assessments. This survey data will help refine the proposal which we will then consult on throughout 2023 as part of the Scoping process, with an anticipated planning application in 2024. The revised layout comprises 30 turbines with tip heights ranging from 180-200m. These, together with an energy storage facility and habitat enhancements, collectively make up the Wind Energy Hub. The Scoping Report and all associated documents are available on the Scottish Government's Energy Consents Unit website and in the Project Documents section below.
The project's connection to the grid network will be phased with 150 MW (23 turbines) planned to connect in 2029 and the remaining 7 turbines connecting in 2034. This is due to constraints on the wider transmission network which prevent the entire scheme connecting in one go.
Because of this - and it it is consented - the project will have two construction periods. The main construction period is expected to start in 2027 with a smaller, follow up construction period beginning in 2032.
Our first virtual exhibition is still available to view here. It will open up in a new window. The second virtual exhibition, to coincide with a second round of public exhibitions being held in the area on 28 November 2023, is here. Please leave feedback for the team, after you've viewed it.
We welcome all feedback so we can take your views on board as we continue to develop our proposal. There will be a second round of public consultation events in the area on 28 November 2023, where we will present our developed plans ahead of submitting our proposals to the Scottish Government's Energy Consents Unit for determination by Scottish Government Ministers.
First Consultation Events
EIA studies and surveys
Second Consultation Events
Target Planning Submission
Expected Planning Determination
Target Construction Start
Target Commercial Operation Date
At Belltown Power we fundamentally believe that renewable energy projects should benefit the communities that host them. We offer a groundbreaking Community Ownership scheme that can bring tangible benefits to the heart of the community through the revenue generated by owning a stake in a renewable energy project. This includes:
Local Community Councils and Kintyre Wind have expressed a strong interest in Community Ownership. As the project progresses we will continue to engage with these groups to establish how the community wants to take an ownership stake, how the scheme will operate and how the community can best benefit from this opportunity.
Please do get in touch if you would like to know more.
In addition to this attractive ownership offering, we are committed to providing £5,000/MW (index linked) Community Benefit for the lifetime of the project. Depending on a community's need this could be part or wholly front loaded to support larger projects.
In our first round of consultation energy bills were identified as a key concern among local residents. Therefore we propose that a significant portion of community benefit be used to provide an Electricity Discount Scheme (EDS) to local residents and businesses.
We would like your feedback on this proposed EDS, particularly on the extent of EDS Zone 3 and whether all the Community Benefit Fund (£5,000 per MW) should be allocated to the scheme. If all the Community Benefit Fund was used for an EDS then approximately 7000 properties (1) could receive Electricity Discount over the lifetime of the Project (2). Any Community Benefit Funds not used for an EDS would be used for other community projects. The proposed EDS would offer the following:
1. Distances were measured from the site boundary and zones adjusted so as not to divide settlements as defined in the Local Development Plans. All EDS numbers are currently indicative only and based off 30, 6.6 MW turbines.
2. Community Benefit is index linked over the lifetime of the project.
Near to our Tirgwynt site in Powys, Wales the Carno Primary School faced closure due to the condition of temporary buildings they were using. Due to our flexible community benefit offering we were able to substitute some of the annual payments with a larger, upfront payment which enabled the construction of a new school building allowing the local school to continue to serve the community for future generations.
We believe passionately in education and have been running the Belltown Education Programme since 2015 with the aim of inspiring the next generation of engineers, scientists and climate emergency tacklers.
Everyone at Belltown Power is involved in the renewable energy industry through a desire to tackle the climate crisis and nature emergency. In addition to powering over 157,382 homes and displacing over 238,574 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year over the life time of the project* we will implement a comprehensive and tailored Ecological Management Plan to ensure that the Cnoc Buidhe Wind Energy Hub delivers a net ecological benefit through careful habitat design, creation and management.
* Figures based on a wind energy hub comprising of 30 turbines at 6.6MW for 35 years and recognised assumptions stated here.
At Belltown Power, we recognise a fundamental part of good project development is early consultation to ensure local communities and stakeholders are given the opportunity to provide feedback and are kept informed of a project’s progress. As part of this consultation process, we are excited to share the latest project information for the Cnoc Buidhe Wind Energy Hub.
Our second consultation period will run from 21 November to 19 December 2023 (the virtual exhibition will remain online) and we look forward to engaging with any questions and feedback you may have about the project.
In-person exhibitions took place last November at Glenbarr Village Hall and at Campbeltown Town Hall and we're grateful to everyone who took the time to come along and speak to the team. If you were not able to attend, you can still view the first Virtual Exhibition here.
A second round of in-person, public consultation events will take place on 28 November 2023, where we will present our developed plans ahead of submitting our proposals to the Scottish Government's Energy Consents Unit for determination by Scottish Government Ministers.
Virtual Exhibition 21 November - 19 December 2023
You can view the entire exhibition here.
We would like to invite you to join us in-person to meet the team and ask any questions.
You can get in touch directly with any questions or comments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org If you'd like to register for project updates, or as a local supplier, please complete the form below.
Belltown Power is committed to providing material benefit to the communities that host them. To ensure this happens we will use local supply chain where they meet the project’s HSEQ requirements and where they are within 10% of the best quote tendered.
There are a wide range of services and suppliers required to build and operate a wind farm including but not limited to:
Construction, drainage and fencing contractors,
Materials suppliers and building merchants,
Plant hire and security,
Fuel providers and waste management, and
Local hospitality providers and car hire.
To understand the full range of opportunities available please register on our supplier database and we will get in touch.
In due course, we will be holding “Meet the Buyer” events where you can meet the project team, we can learn more about your business and we can discuss opportunities to work together.
If you believe you can supply our development or simply want to understand more we would love to hear from you. All you need to do is register above or email us and one of our team will be in contact to collect further details and answer any questions.
Public exhibitions - virtual and in person - will be held in November 2023
Our second round of public consultations takes place in November 2023. There will be in-person drop in exhibitions held at:
Please come along and find out more about the proposal, ask any questions you may have, leave feedback and tell us how you'd like to see the community benefit fund used.
There is now also a virtual exhibition online, for anyone who isn't able to make it along in person.
Cnoc Buidhe Wind Energy Hub Scoping Report submitted to Energy Consents Unit
In March 2023 we submitted our Scoping Report to the Scottish Government's Energy Consents Unit. The scoping process allows us to engage with key stakeholders ahead of submitting a planning application to ensure our methodology and approach is suitable and will allow them to properly opine on our subsequent Section 36 application.
The Scoping Report and all associated documents are available on the Scottish Government's Energy Consents Unit website and in the Project Documents section above.
Public exhibitions - virtual and in person - will be held in November 2022
We will be holding a virtual exhibition (15 Nov -19 Dec) and two in-person exhibitions (22 Nov - Glenbarr Hall near Glenbarr Stores 1-7pm and 23 Nov - Campbeltown Town Hall 9-12 noon).
Do please join us at one of these events where you can ask questions about our proposal and share your views. Please also complete a Feedback form.
Installation of a temporary, 80m high meteorological mast commenced this month, following planning consent being granted. It will be used to measure and validate the wind resource at the Cnoc Buidhe site.