Anderson Bell + Christie received grant funding from the Warm Homes Fund to develop an online software tool to assist with selecting sites for new wind farms in the Scottish Borders. This tool was designed for use alongside the Energy Services Company (ESCo) stock analysis tool developed by Anderson Bell Christie for registered social landlords.
The software integrated a broad range of graphically represented data into a single interface on Google Maps. This included overlays of:
Google satellite imagery
Scottish Borders Council GIS mapping of planning constraints
Existing turbine locations
Locations where planning approval had been granted for new turbines
National database of local windspeed
An ESCo would be able to utilise this tool to identify potential sites. The tool could then be used to drop a pin on the map, then record constraints and opportunities against that location. This provided the information needed to assess the feasibility of a proposed new wind farm.
The software was developed with xDesign365 and Ramboll.