Wind energy

Leasing your land for wind energy

There are lots of factors to consider before choosing Wind Energy, from aviation and ecology to working with local communities to ensure planning permission is passed without objections. Our team of experts have the knowledge and experience to understand if Wind is right for you and your land, and overcome any challenges along the way.

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Landowners across Scotland and Wales are earning more profit from their land by diversifying into renewable energy – with Wind Farming offering guaranteed payments for up to 40 years. Wind power is sustainable energy source that will last forever and never run out – making it a really important part of our renewable energy strategy.

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Lease your land to Green Switch Capital for a fixed, regular income, and we will take over everything – investing our own time and money, from beginning to end. Your payments are linked to the installed capacity of turbine that you can accommodate.


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Frequently asked questions

The blades are large but the footprint of a wind turbine takes up very little space – less than 1% of the land area – this means the land can still be used for farming and tourism.

The blades usually turn at around 12 revolutions per minute – but this can change depending on the wind speed.

Depending on planning and the grid connection offer, this can range from 36 months to 72 months.

Yes, absolutely. We are more than happy to collaborate with neighbours. Subject to viability.

Wind turbine towers are made from steel and concrete. The blades are made from fibreglass, reinforced polyester or wood-epoxy.

Wind projects aim to transition energy production from fossil fuels to renewable sources. They help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy security, and contribute to climate goals like reaching net-zero emissions.

Wind farms are usually operational for up to 40 years. After this period, the infrastructure can be decommissioned and removed.

Modern wind turbines are designed to minimise noise, and projects are strategically placed to ensure minimal impact on nearby residential areas. Noise assessments help identify and address potential concerns.

Wind projects contribute business rates to local councils and often establish community benefit funds to support local development. They can also offer local jobs and supply chain contracts during construction and maintenance.

At present, 150 to 200m to the top tip of the blades. The Hub would be 90m to 120m above the ground.

Very little ongoing maintenance. One visit per month for O&M checks on average with just vans/SUVs used.

Met Masts may be required depending on the site and data already available. They provide accurate, site-specific data on wind direction, strength, and consistency. Sometimes LiDAR can be used – this is a less invasive way of doing the same job and doesn’t require planning permission.

Internal and (possibly) external road/track access, levelling off the ground for the turbines/substations etc and digging/laying the foundations for the turbines, Laying of crane pads (for use during construction), DC Cabling, and Substation installation (both on our and DNO sides), HV cable connections.

Turbines are secured with locked doors etc to stop entry. Substations and any ancillary systems such as batteries will be protected with fences, CCTV etc as on other sites.

Most elements of the turbines (80%+) are now recyclable/reusable.

In most cases, we design around footpaths. However, if we can’t, we will re-route them in agreement with the local authority.

Developers conduct thorough ecological assessments to understand potential impacts on local wildlife and habitats. They implement mitigation measures to minimise disruption and often include biodiversity enhancement plans.

Landscape and visual impact assessments are conducted to minimise the project's visibility and ensure it blends with the natural surroundings. Developers consult local stakeholders to refine the design and reduce visual effects.

The selection of a site for a wind energy project is guided by several important considerations to ensure the feasibility, efficiency, and minimal environmental impact of the development:

• Wind Yield and Climate: The site must have consistent and strong wind speeds to generate sufficient electricity. A wind yield analysis determines how suitable the site is for wind energy production.

• Infrastructure Access: The site needs to be accessible for the construction and maintenance of wind turbines, ensuring safe transportation of materials and equipment. It should also be close to existing grid infrastructure for an efficient connection.

• Proximity to Residential Areas: Projects should be far enough from residential properties to minimise the impact of noise and shadow flicker, which is the flickering effect caused by rotating turbine blades.

• Environmental Impact: Comprehensive ecological surveys assess potential effects on wildlife, vegetation, and habitats. The site should avoid areas with significant ecological value and adhere to environmental regulations.

• Heritage and Archaeology: The site is evaluated for potential impacts on heritage assets, such as historical landmarks, archaeological sites, and culturally significant locations.

• Visual Impact: Landscape and visual impact assessments identify sensitive viewpoints and ensure the wind farm blends into the environment, minimising visibility from key locations.

• Aviation and Infrastructure: Consideration is given to any potential interference with aviation routes, radar systems, and other communication infrastructure like radio and TV signals.

• Topography and Ground Conditions: The terrain should support stable turbine foundations and be suitable for construction activities.


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