West Coast Energy has welcomed the decision by Aberdeenshire Council to grant planning permission for its proposed 4 turbine, 10MW, Cairnborrow Wind Farm. The wind farm, located some 6km to the north west of Huntly, is projected to generate enough renewable electricity to meet the annual domestic electricity consumption needs equivalent to around 5,700 homes.
Local communities in the area will directly benefit from the generation of local renewable electricity. West Coast Energy have promised that the local community will receive the higher of a guaranteed payment of £5,000 for each megawatt of installed generation capacity or 10% of the profits from the wind farm as a community benefit fund.
The funding will be administered via the company’s partnership with the Huntly Development Trust, who will work with local communities to ensure that the operational profits from the wind farm are invested in agreed schemes and initiatives.
Part of the community benefit fund will also be targeted towards initiatives that help tackle fuel poverty in the region. West Coast Energy will work in partnership with charity Energy Action Scotland (EAS), Aberdeenshire Council, the Huntly Development Trust, as well as other local groups, with the aim of targeting a proportion of the wind farm’s community fund towards the area’s fuel poverty issues.
Steve Salt, Planning and Public Affairs Director at West Coast Energy, said:
“We are delighted that the Members of the Marr Area Committee have agreed with the planning officer’s recommendation and have voted unanimously in favour to the grant of planning permission for Cairnborrow Wind Farm.
“Community partnerships are extremely important for developing renewable energy resources in Scotland and West Coast Energy will be working hard with the Huntly Development Trust and the local community to ensure that the environmental, social and economic benefits of this development are delivered at the earliest possible opportunity.”