Banks Renewables is making a multi-million pound turbine investment as part of its construction of two new onshore wind farms in southern Scotland.
The Durham-based firm has signed a deal with manufacturer Senvion for the supply and installation by April 2018 of 41 turbines with a combined generating capacity of 139 megawatts (MW).
Twenty-six Senvion 3.4M114 turbines will be used at the Kype Muir Wind Farm, to the south of Strathhaven, South Lanarkshire, with the remaining 15 being installed at the Middle Muir Wind Farm site, which is to the north of Crawfordjohn in Dumfries-shire.
The two schemes will offer businesses based in their respective areas the opportunity to tender for contracts worth up to £24 million in total in relation to different elements of the scheme, including construction, security, accommodation and catering.
Community benefits funds will be created from revenues generated by the wind farms, offering a combined total of £22.8m of funding over their 25-year lifetimes for local community groups, environmental and voluntary projects.
Banks Renewables has also agreed 20-year operations and maintenance contracts with Senvion for both projects, which will between them generate enough clean, green energy to power more than 80,000 homes.
Richard Dunkley, Executive Director, Banks Renewables, adds: “Modern, efficient onshore wind farms such as Middle Muir and Kype Muir are acknowledged as providing the lowest cost form of carbon-free renewable energy generation for the UK, and we firmly believe they have a central role to play in the UK’s future energy mix, as well as in generating more of the energy that we all use via renewable means.”