Jeannie Kielty is used to listening to all manner of questions and issues that are raised by constituents and will now use her expertise to help the Dumfries & Galloway community understand more about the project and how it can benefit them and the area as a whole.
The 26 year-old has joined wind energy expert, Banks Renewables, as Development Relations Officer following a four-year stint as Parliamentary Assistant to Ian Mearns MP.
The Hamilton-based company has submitted plans to create Knockendurrick Wind Farm by erecting seven turbines east of Gatehouse of Fleet.
“Listening to, and working with, local constituents was a large part of my previous job.
“The majority of the time I was able to work directly with the constituents in order to make positive changes locally and it was extremely rewarding to see the difference I could make to people’s lives.”
Banks Renewables has committed to sharing 15-20% of the total construction cost to be spent on contracts with local firms, boosting the local economy by approximately £5m and creating employment opportunities in the area.
During the construction of the wind farm, contracts will be required for a variety of jobs including construction and maintenance, ground works, quarry and building products, plant hire and haulage, waste solutions, fabrication, aggregates, utilities, professional services and hospitality.
Jeannie is passionate about the environment and the benefits of green energy, but also understands that not everyone in the local community may share the same views.
She will be working with Callum Whiteford, who has the same role at Banks Renewables and has discussed the project widely in the community and run several ‘meet the buyer’ events where local businesses could find out more about how to get involved in the project.