Sandy Knowe

Sandy Knowe Extension

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Site Information

The project is located in Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway. It was granted consent to operate in July 2020, with construction works beginning that same year.

Local Partners

We have awarded the first contract to commence works on the site to Dumfries based AMD Contract Services Ltd. Over 30 local contractors registered their interest for future tenders.

Sandy Knowe Section 36C Operational Life Extension

ERG have submitted an application for Variation under Section 36C of the Electricity Act 1989.

Sandy Knowe Wind Farm Limited

Electricity Act 1989

Town And Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

The Electricity Generating Stations (Applications For Variation Of Consent) (Scotland) Regulations 2013

Notice is hereby given that Sandy Knowe Wind Farm Limited, company registration number 06850950, with its registered office at C/O Tmf Group, 13th Floor, One Angel Court, London, United Kingdom, EC2R 7HJ, has applied to the Scottish Ministers under section 36C of the Electricity Act 1989 to vary the section 36 consent to construct and operate the Sandy Knowe Wind Farm at Kirkconnel, Dumfries and Galloway (Central Grid Reference NS 69700 10300) previously consented on 07 July 2020  by Scottish Ministers (“the variation application”). The application also requests that a direction be made by the Scottish Ministers under section 57 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 that planning permission is deemed to be varied.

The variation application seeks to make the following variations: The application seeks a direction to vary the deemed planning permission Condition 7(1) to extend the operational period of the Sandy Knowe Wind Farm to a period of 40 years from the Date of Final Commissioning.

A summary of the variation application, a copy of the variation application, a link to the original section 36 consent decision letter and the environmental reports prepared in relation to the proposed varied development can be found at the following website:  and also on the Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit website, Application Search, Reference: ECU00004856.

Representations on the application may be submitted to Scottish Ministers via the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit, either via the website at; by email to; or by post to Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU, identifying the proposal and specifying the grounds for representation.

Written or emailed representations should be dated, clearly stating the name (in block capitals) and full postal address of those making representations. Emailed representations should also include the full return email address of those making representations. Only representations sent by email to will receive acknowledgement.

All representations should be received not later than 16/10/2023 being not less than 30 days after the date on which the last notice is published although Scottish Ministers may consider representations received after this date.

Any subsequent substantive additional information which is submitted by the developer will be subject to further public notice in this manner, and representations on such information will be accepted as per this notice.

Where Scottish Ministers decide to exercise their discretion to do so, Scottish Ministers may cause a public inquiry to be held.

Following examination of the environmental information and consideration of all representations and responses from consultees, Scottish Ministers will determine the application for variation of consent in one of two ways: vary the consent; or reject the proposal.

General Data Protection Regulations

The Scottish Government processes representations under the Electricity Act 1989. To support transparency in decision making, the Scottish Government publishes online at A privacy notice is published at This explains how the Scottish Government processes your personal information.  If you have any concerns about the processing of your personal information by the Scottish Government, please email or write to Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU.

S36C Planning Application Documents

36408 – Sandy Knowe Wind Farm Life Extension _Cover Letter Redacted

36408_R1_ Sandy Knowe Wind Farm S36c Application_Supporting Statement_FINAL

36408_Figure 1_BP_002a_Site Location

SAK-ENG-MAP-006-02-3.1_consented vs asbuilt_RFS

ERG LTE Policy Statement_Sandy Knowe

Sandy Knowe Wind Farm – Decision Letter and Conditions – 07 July 2020 Redacted

Facts and Figures

  • 24 turbines
  • Total installed capacity of 86.4MW
  • 125m ground to blade tip
  • 236,000 MWh of electricity per year
  • Potential to power up to 55,308 homes annually
  • Secured a 10-year PPA with Engie for both Sandy Knowe and Craiggore wind farms.
  • The work on the construction of the wind farm began in Summer 2020, with first phase works expected to be fully complete by the end of 2022 and the second phase in 2023, reducing CO2 emissions by 106,200 tonnes

Sandy Knowe Extension

We are now looking to develop an extension of Sandy Knowe wind farm, utilising the shared infrastructure. Once operational, the Proposed Development will generate approximately 66,225MWh of electricity per year. This will displace an equivalent amount of fossil fuel generated electricity amounting to a reduction in the release of greenhouse gases equal to 29,801 tonnes per year or 1.2 million tonnes over the lifetime of the windfarm.

The submission will include a small battery storage area to allow the wind farm to better match demand fluctuations on the grid network.



For more information, please contact the Project Manager for Sandy Knowe, Pietro Mosca at:


ERG is committed to help the UK in the energy transition process, through clean energy production from wind farms located in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The ERG Group is an independent producer of energy from renewable sources: ERG is the leading wind operator in Italy, among the top ten in the European market, and also active in solar power generation and energy storage systems, with a presence in 9 European countries.