Earlsburn wind farm is located on open moorland in the Campsie Hills, between Stirling and Glasgow, just north of the Carron Reservoir.
Following detailed monitoring of the wind resource, consideration of the location, environmental effects and the distance from local communities, and after carrying out, and submitting extensive environmental assessment work, the Stirling Council issued planning in February 2006. Turbines were installed during the winter of 2006-2007 and the wind farm became fully operational in December 2007.
The wind farm has 15 turbines with a total installed capacity of 37.5 MW. That is enough clean, green electricity to supply around 25,000 homes. This is roughly equal to half of all the homes in the Stirling Council area. The wind farm is owned by Earlsburn Wind Energy Limited (EWEL) part of the Falck Renewables Group. In March 2014, CII Holdco Ltd, part of Copenhagen Infrastructure I K/S, acquired 49% of EWEL from the Falck Renewables Group. The project was developed with RDC Scotland in association with West Coast Energy Limited.
The project was constructed under a single contract with Nordex UK Ltd with work commencing in 2006 with local contractor RJ McLeod provided civil engineering work on site and the turbines were provided by Nordex one of the world’s leading turbine suppliers and based in Germany. ScottishPower provided the grid connection and associated equipment under a separate contract. The grid connection from the existing sub -station at Bonnybridge is an underground connection of more than 20 km.