Now in its fourth phase, Crystal Rig Wind Farm is a significant, renewable energy installation
When commissioned in 2003, the original Crystal Rig was the largest windfarm in Scotland. With a further 11 turbines now consented, the site will eventually exceed 100. Acting on behalf of four landowners, we represented their interests throughout the rolling development programme.
As Crystal Rig was extended and capacity increased, a new substation was located on site to connect it to the national grid. Other renewable projects in the area were directed to connect to the grid via this substation, which then became a national grid asset.
Now the point of connection for several wind farms, and an offshore project, the substation’s growth required negotiations with third-party developers to encourage swift, helpful solutions whilst ensuring our clients received appropriate and favourable terms. This technical, detailed work demands understanding of the matrix of stakeholders and Scotland’s infrastructure and energy sectors.
On-shore wind is likely to evolve with re-powering opportunities and new technology solutions such as storage facilities while next generation turbines will operate at larger scale and capacity. As Crystal Rig continues to develop, we are working with our clients to ensure their interests are best represented.