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£1bn windfall for Scotland

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Community Windpower is bringing £1bn of investment to Scotland through the onshore wind projects in its portfolio, the developer said today.

The company has seven operational and consented wind farms in North Ayrshire, East Lothian, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway totalling 276MW and more than 700MW under development.

Community Windpower received planning permission for its two most recent projects, Sanquhar Community wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway and Aikengall II Wester Dodd community wind farm in East Lothian, on 27 February and 1 March respectively. A further eight schemes are awaiting consent.

Since 2006, the company has also donated £1.5m to communities surrounding their wind farms through various benefits. The funding will continue for the 25-year lifetime of each project, Community Windpower said.

Managing director Rod Wood said:  “The renewables industry in Scotland is a key driver to maintain economic growth in unprecedented economic times.

“We are championing investment in Scotland, partnering Scottish companies and local communities, delivering the recognised investment of £5,000 per MW per annum. I am pleased that our operating and consented projects will deliver £5m per annum in community benefits and rates in Scotland.”

Image: The Aikengall wind farm in East Lothian (CWP)

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