BayWa re has finalized the acquisition of the project rights for the Broken Cross wind farm in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. BayWa re purchased the project, which is located on a restored coal mine, from developer Brockwell Energy. Broken Cross is a 48 MW wind farm consisting of ten turbines located 3.5 km northwest of Rigside in South Lanarkshire and close to the Dalquhandy Wind Farm, a 45 MW project currently under construction, which BayWa acquired from Brockwell Energy in May 2020.
Gordon MacDougall, Managing Director, BayWa re UK & Ireland: “Broken Cross is another high quality project developed by Brockwell Energy and we are delighted to add this new project to our growing UK portfolio of renewable energy production sites. We look forward to getting started there and expanding the wind power generation capacity in Scotland, while also creating opportunities for the local community through a significant community benefit package. ”
The Broken Cross site has undergone an impressive transformation under the ownership of Hargreaves. Previously a coal mine, Hargreaves bought the land from the Scottish Coal liquidators in 2013 in derelict condition with significant restoration challenges. Working with the South Lanarkshire Council over the past eight years, Hargreaves has developed and delivered a site-wide restoration program paving the way for wind farm and other industrial and agricultural uses.
Alex Lambie, Managing Director of Brockwell Energy: “We are delighted to close a second transaction with BayWa re which highlights the quality and value of the project we have developed at Broken Cross. Proceeds from the transaction will be reinvested to further expand our development activities into other sites and projects as we strive to deliver more projects to help meet climate change targets. It was a pleasure to work with BayWa re on these transactions. I know they share our culture and values and will treat the surrounding communities with respect and build the project with care and attention to all locals We will continue to be available to provide any support necessary for the success of the project and the commissioning of this formerly abandoned mining site which benefits everyone. “
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