Com­mu­nity wind farm sup­port plea

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A FOR­MER MP for the Western Isles is calling on the UK Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide new sup­port for com­mu­nity- owned wind farms.

Calum MacDon­ald, who man­ages Bri­tain’s largest com­mu­nity- owned wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag on Lewis, has called for the in­tro­duc­tion of a new scheme to pro­mote the growth of com­mu­nity en­ergy projects.

Af­ter meet­ing with the Sec­re­tary of State for Scot­land David Mun­dell MP, Mr MacDon­ald is press­ing for a new cat­e­gory of com­mu­nity- owned wind farms to be in­cluded in the Gov­ern­ment’s Con­tracts for Dif­fer­ence (CfD) sub­sidy scheme, cur­rently re­stricted to only large-scale off­shore wind farms. Mr MacDon­ald said: ‘The only thing now hold­ing back the rapid growth of the com­mu­nity sec­tor in the UK is the short­age of banks will­ing to lend on the same nor­mal, com­mer­cial terms as they lend to the cor­po­rate sec­tor.’

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