2012 saw the installation of a 48 turbine windfarm on the moors of Roxburghe Estates.
EDF Energy Renewables have now completed the construction of the windfarm which is now at full capacity with 48 turbines generating 144MW. This is sufficient to power 80,000 homes and will result in a carbon saving of 159,000 tonnes/year.
Management of the project by EDF has been exceptionally well delivered and the construction milestones were all achieved. With three major teams responsible for civil works, electrical supply and turbine erection, it has been a huge undertaking to coordinate and manage. The total project cost was in the region of £200m. Some of the headline statistics are interesting:
- 15 miles of access road
- 200 kms of electric cable
- 19,600 m3 of concrete for turbine bases
- 2,610 tonnes of reinforcing steel for turbine bases
- 367,000 tonnes of stone extracted from the quarry on the Little Law (now the Very Little Law!)
- 38 items of ordnance discovered including 3 x 25lb live shells (detonated by bomb disposal unit)
- 230 men on site at peak times
- 382 separate 4½ hr transporter deliveries of turbine components from Rosyth
- £2m injected into local community for local labour, accommodation etc
- Total Co2 saving by replacing traditional generation estimated at 159,000 tonnes/year.
- Total Co2 emissions generated during construction and operation over the life of the windfarm offset in 98 days.
Tenancy: The tenancy will be a Short Assured Tenancy under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988. The Lease may be renewed at the end of the prescribed term of let but applicants should be aware that possession of the property can be recovered by the proprietor at the expiry of the Lease if required.
Entry and Duration: Entry shall be at such date as may be agreed. The duration of the Lease shall be for an initial period of not less than six months.
Rent: The rent shall be payable monthly in advance by Standing Order on the 1st of each month with a proportionate amount payable on entry.
Repairs: The proprietor shall maintain the premises wind and water tight and keep in repair the structure and exterior of the house (including drains, gutters and external pipes), the installations in the house for the supply of water and electricity and for sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences) and installations for space heating and water heating with the exception of any repairs occasioned by any act, omission or negligence of the tenant. Internal decoration shall be the tenant’s responsibility.
Painting: The proprietor shall carry out external painting.
Deposit: A deposit of two months rent will be payable on entry. This will be repaid to the tenant on termination of the lease, provided all obligations of the lease are fulfilled and the property left in a satisfactory condition.
References: The Estate will require the applicant, in the event of them finding a property that they wish to rent, to complete a Credit Check before granting them a tenancy.
Other Conditions: All the other customary Roxburghe Estates conditions of let shall apply and a copy of the pro forma Lease can be inspected at the Estate Office by bona fide intending applicants.
Viewing: Arrangements to view the property may be made by contacting Victoria Roddie, Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso (Telephone 01573 223333)
Tenancy Application: Applications for the tenancy should be submitted on the accompanying form and delivered to Edward Johnson MRICS, Assistant Factor, at the address below.
Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5 7SF