Sanquhar and Auchleand wind farms generate £4.7m to Dumfries and Galloway economy

community windpower ltd logoEighteen local businesses were at two ‘Meet the Buyer’ events held by wind farm developer Community Windpower Ltd in Dumfries and Galloway recently.

Representatives from the firms – including Barr Quarries, Solway Plant Hire and Armstrong Waste Management – were offered a unique opportunity to come along and investigate opportunities for the supply of products and services for the construction of wind farms which will bring £79 million in initial investment.

Opportunities exist on two schemes: Sanquhar Community Wind Farm, which has received planning consent, and Auchleand Community Wind Farm, which is currently in the planning process.

Rob Fryer, Projects Director, of Community Windpower Ltd, said:

“Together the Sanquhar and Auchleand wind farms will bring £4.7 million to the economy of Dumfries and Galloway every year, after an initial investment of £79 million.

“We’re very keen to hear from local businesses who want to work with us on these projects, as it’s vitally important that as a much of the benefit from the developments as possible stays in the communities close to where they are to be built.”

Those attending heard about what they needed to do to work with the wind farm developer, as well as hearing from Shelley Bell, an Economic Development Officer from Dumfries and Galloway Council, who presented at the event to introduce the area’s Renewable Energy Action Plan. It aims to provide a central point of contact for all those with an interest in the development of all aspects of the renewable energy sector within Dumfries and Galloway.

Gavin Money, Commercial Director of Barr Quarries, said:

“The event provided our business with the platform to learn more about the Sanquhar and Auchleand projects and the potential opportunities they can create for our products and services.

“It was a great opportunity to discuss our capabilities with senior project and supply chain personnel from Community Windpower as well as network with other local suppliers and Dumfries & Galloway Council.”

Our ‘Buy Scottish’ Campaign and Memorandum of Understanding with Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd located in Campbeltown, demonstrates Community Windpower’s commitment to working closely with local people and their businesses.

Further ‘Meet the Buyer’ events are due to be rolled out in East Lothian and Scottish Borders and event details will be released shortly.

Any business which did get chance to attend the Wigtown and Dumfries events can still contact Jodie Parkes on 01928 734544.

 

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