Plans lodged for community partnership wind farm

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all-media Scotland, 3rd February 2014

BANKS Renewables has submitted a planning application to Perth & Kinross Council to create a ‘community’ wind farm near Balbeggie.

The Hamilton-based wind energy expert has already consulted extensively with the council, residents and businesses to develop an innovative Community Partnership proposal.

This ensures that if Bandirran Wind Farm is given the go-ahead, locals will see a host of long-term benefits; including a direct boost to local firms through Banks’ commitment to use local companies, and a share of the project’s annual revenues which they can invest in the local priorities they see fit such as jobs and skills initiatives and improving local facilities or delivering community based environmental projects.

Colin Anderson, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “We have listened to extensive feedback and used that to shape our plans, so believe we have come up with the best possible proposal for this area.

“By taking a community partnership approach we’ll ensure that if the wind farm is approved, it will have a hugely positive impact on communities surrounding the site for a generation.”

The formal application is for six turbines on the Bandirran Estate, each up to 132m high. The site could generate up to 20.4MW of clean, green energy.

As part of the extensive relationship-building with the local community, Banks Renewables held a series of public exhibitions to explain its proposals and to hear feedback. It also held a “Meet the Buyer” event for Perthshire businesses to learn about the opportunities the project could yield for them.

Among the local businesses which attended – and registered its interest in tendering for contracts as part of the project – was Stanley-based plant hire firm, Chic Kippen & Son.

 

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They can invest in the local priorities they see fit such as jobs and skills initiatives and improving local facilities or delivering community based environmental projects.