Developer Fred Olsen Renewables has applied to the Scottish Government for permission to repower Windy Standard Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway.

If approved, the plans will bring forward innovative partnerships which will create jobs in Dumfries and Galloway, make a substantial contribution towards net zero targets and help to support a circular economy, with the potential of £7m of benefits.

Fred Olsen Renewables is proposing to repower the earliest phase of Windy Standard Wind Farm, located 8km Northeast of Carsphairn and 10km south of New Cumnock.

Cumnock Chronicle: Windy Standard wind farm (Image: Fred. Olsen Renewables)Windy Standard wind farm (Image: Fred. Olsen Renewables) (Image: Fred. Olsen Renewables)

The plans would see the removal of 36 turbines and eight wind turbines up to 200m to tip erected in their place.

The company has been working closely with the local community to develop its proposals since early 2021 and the feedback gathered has helped to shape the final plans and the associated local partnerships.

Windy Standard Wind Farm was one of the first to be built in Scotland in the 1990s.

Fred Olsen Renewables say they are committed to continuing this innovative legacy by ensuring that the project remains focused on delivering economic and social benefit in Dumfries and Galloway, in addition to addressing the industry-wide issue of wind turbine blade recycling.

In addition to providing a community benefit fund of over £7m to the local area, the company has established a number of innovative partnerships to maximise the benefits that the project can deliver locally.

Local residents are encouraged to view the application documents on the Windy Standard Wind Farm website and have their say on the plans.