Proposed onshore wind project could offer community benefit

Onshore wind energy developer Wind2 is proposing to develop three wind turbines on farmland around 1km north west of Whitelee wind farm in East Renfrewshire, offering opportunities for local community ownership and public benefit.

The three turbines would have a combined total capacity of around 15MW and will have the capacity to generate around 50,000MWh of electricity per annum – enough to power 13,000 homes. The wind turbines will be able to operate without subsidy.

Wind2 is also committed to providing a community benefit fund equivalent to £5,000 per MW of installed capacity per year. Based on 15MW, this equates to £75,000 per year or £1.875mn over 25 years. The company says there will also be the opportunity for the local community to acquire a direct stake in the wind turbine project.

Frances Wright, Wind2 Project Manager for the scheme said: “The development will help contribute towards the 2030 targets to generate 50% of Scotland’s overall energy consumption from renewable energy.” Wright continued: “We are really keen to let the public find out about our proposal, in particular their thoughts on how the development can directly benefit the local community.”

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