A Scottish renewable energy company has today warned that one of its already-approved wind farm projects have be dropped because of the UK government decision to axe subsidies.
Muirhall Energy, recently granted permission for a three turbine wind development next to its existing Muirhall Windfarm, has warned that the South Lanarkshire development may now not proceed as a result of the UK Government’s decision to remove support early for onshore windfarms.
The go-ahead, which was granted on appeal, has the potential to underpin existing employment in the area and generate significant benefits for the local community. Colin Williams, Muirhall’s Director of Wind Development commented:
“While we’re delighted that permission has been granted, there are now doubts about whether the project will go ahead.
“We’ve already been consulting with the local community about how the substantial community investment fund of around £100,000 per year could support local aspirations. We may not now be able to take these plans forward.”
If plans are able to proceed, the three new turbines would form an extension to the existing Muirhall Windfarms, which have already benefited the local community by more than £320,000.
Muirhall Energy is committed to working with local businesses including building trades and suppliers and has awarded more than £5 million of contracts to companies through the development of the Muirhall Windfarms.
Chris Walker, Managing Director, Muirhall Energy Ltd said; “We are passionate about working with local communities and businesses. The recent decision by the UK Government is a blow to a sector that is attracting investment, creating jobs and benefitting communities across Scotland.”
Meanwhile, a local government report has found that five Scottish councils may lose out on £44 million of income over the next 20 years as a result of the government’s decision to axe onshore wind farm subsidies earlier than expected.
This equates to £440,000 per council per year – of which only Glasgow was named in the report by the Association for Public Sector Excellence. The survey also found that some 30 jobs could be at risk.