Kype Muir set to boost econ­omy

De­vel­op­ers project £100m fig­ure

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Mark Pirie

A new wind farm in Avon­dale could bring over £100 mil­lion to the lo­cal econ­omy, de­vel­op­ers have claimed.

Banks Re­new­ables re­ceived the green light from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment En­ergy Con­sents and De­ploy­ment Unit (EDCU) for its Kype Muir Ex­ten­sion Wind Farm, lo­cated be­tween Strathaven and Sand­ford, in 2016.

The project will add a fur­ther 15 tur­bines tak­ing the to­tal at Kype Muir to 41.

The firm say the de­vel­op­ment will be ca­pa­ble of pow­er­ing more than 80,000 homes and be­lieve it will de­liver an es­ti­mated £101m boost to the South La­nark­shire econ­omy.

Con­nec­t2re­new­ables (C2R) was launched in 2014 by Banks Re­new­ables with the sup­port of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in South La­nark­shire and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, and seeks to max­imise the social and eco­nomic ben­e­fits of the com­pany’s wind farm de­vel­op­ments in the lo­cal area.

To date con­tracts worth nearly £20m have been awarded to firms based within 30 kilo­me­tres of Kype Muir wind farm, say Banks Re­new­ables and C2R.

Drum­clog Plant Hire, Hill­house Quarry Ltd and KT Mont­gomery are among the firms within that ra­dius who have ben­e­fited from large con­tracts.

As well as the Con­nec­t2re­new­ables com­mit­ments, Banks state they will work with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to max­imise the ben­e­fits de­liv­ered by the £11.5m of di­rect com­mu­nity fund­ing flow­ing from the project.

Kype Muir Wind Farm will also con­trib­ute nearly £30m in busi­ness rates over its life­time that will sup­port South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to pro­vide high qual­ity ser­vices to the com­mu­ni­ties of South La­nark­shire.

Colin An­der­son de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Banks Re­new­ables. is of

He said:“we’re very proud to know that the work we carry out will have long-last­ing and sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits for the lo­cal area.

“A key part of Con­nec­t2re­new­ables is to en­sure we use as many lo­cal con­trac­tors as pos­si­ble, as we know this has a hugely pos­i­tive knock-on ef­fect for the lo­cal econ­omy and the peo­ple liv­ing and working there.

“The con­struc­tion of Kype Muir Wind Farm will pos­i­tively con­trib­ute to the area for a gen­er­a­tion, with lo­cal com­mu­nity groups, shops, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als see­ing tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits.”

He added: “Con­nec­t2re­new­ables is a ground-break­ing ini­tia­tive that is all about giv­ing lo­cal peo­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties that they wouldn’t oth­er­wise have.

“It also shows that as we in­crease the amount of clean, re­new­able en­ergy in our coun­try to ad­dress the cli­mate change im­per­a­tives, that we can do it in a way that has very clear social and eco­nomic up­sides for our com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses.”

The project is set to be com­pleted by early 2019.

Wind of change The wind farm is es­ti­mated to earn the area mil­lions

On site The Kype Muir wind farm could be a boost for Avon­dale

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