Local Kintyre community could reap £6 million benefit from Creggan wind farm

04/08/11

 

13th July 2011 Proposals for a wind farm near the village of Glenbarr in West Kintyre have been announced by independent renewable energy firm Burcote Wind. Comprising 26 turbines, each with an installed capacity of 3 megawatts, the project could generate sufficient electricity to power 58,000 homes.

If approved, the project would be accompanied by a community benefit fund worth £234,000 per year or £5.9 million over its 25-year lifetime, potentially giving a significant boost to the local economy. This level of community benefit would be based on an installed capacity of 78 megawatts, with each megawatt of installed capacity providing £3000 per year for each year of the wind farm’s lifetime.

The proposed site is distant from major settlements and benefits from excellent wind speeds of around 10 metres per second. The wind farm would offset almost 118,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, making a major contribution to reducing the carbon footprint of Argyll and Bute.

The company behind the project has emphasised that the proposals are at an early stage of development and that it will be undertaking detailed consultation with the local community over the coming months.

Engagement with the local community will include a series of public exhibitions and the establishment of a dedicated project website providing regularly updated news and information about the proposals. Burcote Wind also intends to work closely with local groups to determine how the associated community benefit fund can best be deployed to provide maximum benefit to the local community.

Burcote Wind Chairman Graham Brown said:

“Our proposed wind farm at Creggan has the potential to generate sufficient electricity to power substantially more than all of the households in Argyll and Bute. As such, it could make an important contribution towards meeting the Scottish Government’s recently strengthened target of meeting 100% of Scotland’s electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020.

“At the same time, we want to make sure that we engage meaningfully with the local community in West Kintyre and that that community benefits directly from having a wind farm nearby. This proposal would be accompanied by a community benefit fund worth almost £6 million over the project’s 25 year lifetime.

“We would actively encourage input from the local community about the specific projects they would like to see the community benefit fund used to support. We are keen to see this money used to deliver tangible long-term benefits to the local area and will be undertaking detailed discussions over the coming months to determine how this might best be achieved.”

Mr. Brown concluded:

“We understand the sensitivities around wind farm developments. That’s why we’re starting our engagement with the local community at such an early stage of the process – long before submitting a planning application. Over the coming months, we look forward to undertaking extensive engagement with individuals and organisations in the surrounding area so their input can help shape development at the Creggan site.”

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Notes to Editors

 

  1. Burcote Wind is an independent renewable energy company based in Dunfermline, Scotland, but active throughout the UK. The company specialises in onshore wind energy projects from the identification and design stage right through to construction and operation.
  2. The proposed community benefit fund for the proposed Creggan wind farm is equivalent to an annual payment of £3,000 per Megawatt (MW) of installed generating capacity. This would produce an annual ‘royalty’ to the community of up to £234,000 (based on the output of 26 turbines of 78MW), or £5.9 million over the 25 year lifespan of the development. The exact vehicle for delivering this resource to local community projects will be determined in close consultation with community representatives.
  3. As part of the future planning application, Burcote Wind will need to compile a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to identify the potential impact of building the wind farm on the local environment, ecology and plant and animal life. The EIA must demonstrate that the benefits of developing the site clearly outweigh any potentially negative impacts. In addition, Burcote Wind will have to demonstrate how the site can be physically and ecologically restored following the 25 year lifespan of the wind farm. A planning application will not be submitted until the summer of 2012 at the earliest.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Alex Bruce

Orbit Communications

alex.bruce@orbit-comms.co.uk

Tel. 0131 257 4232

Mob. 07747 636 504

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