Welcome to this online exhibition for the proposed renewable energy development to meet the energy demand of The Berry Group, Ardeer.
This exhibition is part of a community consultation process with members of the local community and other interested parties. If you have any questions about the Proposal, or would like to provide feedback, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.
About The Farm Energy Company and Berry Group
- The Proposal is a development by The Farm Energy Company in partnership with The Berry Group.
- The Farm Energy Company is an independent specialist developer of renewable energy projects across the UK. We are currently working with other employers in North Ayrshire including GSK, to provide two additional wind turbines and a solar farm to their Irvine facility.
- The Berry Group has committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a project that aims to encourage corporate climate action for a low-carbon economy.
- The Berry Group have an ambitious set of sustainability initiatives including recycled content increase, water efficiency, decrease in product weight, continuous improvement of operations and a commitment to utilise renewable energy sources.
- We are currently preparing a planning application to be submitted to North Ayrshire Council for a three turbine, wind farm development which will deliver renewable energy to the Berry Group site in Ardeer via a private wire connection.
- The Wind Turbines will be developed, owned and operated by the Farm Energy Company.
- The site lies to the east of the Berry Group facility, on land previously used for ICI's operations.
- The wind farm area comprises an extensively modified landscape, used for over a century for a variety of industrial purposes, and in particular the manufacture of explosives.
- Access to the wind farm is proposed via existing internal roads within the Industrial Estate.
The following outlines the benefits to be brought about by the proposed wind turbine development
- Assisting with Berry Group's targets of sourcing global electricity usage from renewables.
- Increased energy security and reduced reliance on fossil fuels - around 70% of the Ardeer site's electricity demand will be supplied by the wind scheme.
- The proposals would generate approximately 12.6 MW of low carbon, renewable energy to offset electricity imported from the grid.
- Reduced carbon footprint - approximately 4,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum or 73,000 tonnes of CO2 for the duration of the 20 year PPA.
- Stabilised and reduced energy costs over the lifetime of the project.
- Support national and local renewable energy targets.
- Reduced electricity costs.
The proposed wind farm development comprises the following elements:
- 3 Wind Turbines of up to 150m to their tip.
- Associated infrastructure such as;
- crane pads,
- construction compounds
- Cable to connect directly into the Berry factory.
Environmental and Technical Considerations
- The project team is committed to minimising any potential environmental impacts of the Proposal.
- Technical experts have been appointed and a number of environmental and technical assessments will be undertaken to support the forthcoming planning application, including the following:
- Planning Statement
- Ecological Appraisal
- Noise Impact Assessment
- Landscape and Visual Assessment
- Cultural Heritage and Archaeological Assessment
- Coal Mining Risk Assessment
- Discussions are ongoing with the Council regarding the agreed level of information to be provided.
The Planning Application and accompanying Environmental Impact Assessment are currently being prepared and submission is anticipated in June 2022.
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