Leading business groups in South West Scotland are backing a wind energy developer’s push to register the interest of more than 600 businesses as the energy business seeks planning permission for a 50-turbine project.
Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce will promote an infographic about the business potential of Vattenfall’s up to £190mn South Kyle Wind Farm.
Alison Daugherty, Vattenfall’s Project Manager of the South Kyle Wind Farm proposal, said:
“Vattenfall is a member of both Chambers and I’d like to thank both for their support by promoting the significant business opportunities with South Kyle Wind Farm.
“Vattenfall’s South Kyle Wind Farm has the potential to boost the local economy. The infographic shows the scale of that potential. Not all of it will come to the South West of Scotland but we are committed to maximising local business content if the Scottish Government consents the scheme. That is why we have launched this registration campaign so that we can give an edge to companies in the area.”
In October 2013 Vattenfall launched a two-year campaign to register the interest of more than 600 businesses in the region. In a number of Vattenfall wind farm developments elsewhere in the UK, Vattenfall has found that early engagement with local businesses will benefit a region’s economy.
In September 2013, Vattenfall submitted a planning application for the South Kyle Wind Farm to the Scottish Government. A consent decision by Scottish Ministers is not expected until later 2014.