SSE Renewables is assessing the potential for development of a wind farm at Brown Rig, near Crosslee in the Scottish Borders.

Project status

A request for a scoping opinion from Scottish Government Ministers was submitted for the Brown Rig Wind Farm in June 2022. The layout and scale of the proposed development is under consideration, and will be informed by survey and assessment work at the site.

The site is located with in the Scottish Borders local authority area and the Ettrick and Yarrow Valley community council constituency.

At present it is proposed that the wind farm would comprise approximately 20 turbine with a height of approximately 200 metres to the blade tip. Each turbine would have an installed capacity of up to six megawatts (MW) which would give an anticipated installed capacity of up to 120 MW.

A scoping opinion will allow Scottish Ministers to set out the information that should be included in an Environmental Impact Assessment report. Once this has been received, SSE Renewables will engage in a full programme of consultation with stakeholders, including neighbours and community organisations in the Ettrick and Yarrow valley.

Next stage

A meteorological (met) mast will be constructed at the Brown Rig site which will provide critical information on the viability of Brown Rig as an operating site.

Representatives from SSE Renewables, and contractors working on our behalf, will conduct further survey and assessment activity ahead of receipt of the scoping opinion from Scottish Government Ministers.

Once an initial understanding of the scope and scale of the Brown Rig project has been established, SSE Renewables will contact community organisations and other relevant stakeholders to begin an programme of engagement that will continue throughout the Brown Rig project development.

About Brown Rig
LocationNr Crosslee, Scottish Borders
OwnershipSSE
Proposed MW capacityCirca 120 MW
StatusScoping request submitted to Scottish Government
ContactAlan Greenwood, alan.greenwood@sse.com