Local people invited to have their say on transformational wind farm undertaking in South Lanarkshire.

AN in depth group session is to step up a gear to assist form what’s going to turn out to be considered one of Scotland – and Europe’s – strongest and environment friendly onshore wind tasks.

Representing a significant funding, the as much as 40-turbine Bodinglee Wind Farm will present a possibility to drive a optimistic social, financial and environmental legacy for South Lanarkshire.

The proposed wind farm has the potential to generate over 280MW of fresh inexperienced electrical energy, equal to powering all of the houses in South Lanarkshire and Motherwell mixed or taking 54,000 vehicles off the highway[1]. This could additionally make appreciable progress towards Scotland’s power safety and Authorities targets to achieve net-zero by 2045.

Following early discussions with area people councils, developer Banks Renewables has already scaled again proposals by decreasing the boundary to the southeast of the location. It’s now utilizing the upcoming on-line and in-person consultations, ranging from July18th, to additional develop its proposals, which it can current again to the group later within the 12 months for additional session.

Gordon Thomson, Head of Tasks at Banks Renewables, mentioned: “Given the dimensions of Bodinglee and the potential for it to ship deep and broad advantages for the area and Scotland as a complete, it’s very important we proceed our discussions with the area people all through the method.

“We’re listening. We need to hear native views on the design of the undertaking and the way it can profit the area people. The dimensions of this undertaking implies that, working in partnership with the communities, we are able to assume massive and doubtlessly handle arduous to deal with points like gas poverty, regional unemployment and the broader regeneration of nature. It is a nice alternative for individuals dwelling domestically to assist form plans for the undertaking and the advantages that it may carry to communities within the space and past.”

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The wind farm is ready to take a seat on the south east of Douglas in South Lanarkshire throughout either side of the M74.

If consented, Bodinglee Wind Farm will generate roughly £56million over its deliberate lifetime in group funding, an necessary precedence for Banks Renewables.  Banks can even renew their dedication to working with native suppliers by way of the Connect2Renewables initiative. This could end in round £475 Million going into the Scottish Financial system throughout the undertaking’s lifetime with over £162 Million of that in South Lanarkshire.

The occasions might be held from 2pm-7pm at Rigside Group Corridor in Rigside on Tuesday 19 July, St Brides Centre in Douglas on Wednesday 20 July and Roberton Corridor in Roberton on Thursday 21July. Alternatively, members of the world native to the Bodinglee Wind Farm website who can’t make the in-person consultations are inspired to register for a phone or video name.

As a part of the session course of, Banks Renewables’ is trying to the group to provide their views on growing Bodinglee Wind Farm along with the Banks undertaking crew to create transformative change inside the space on points similar to gas poverty, inexperienced jobs and abilities and restoring nature.

Following on from the session occasions, Bodinglee Wind Farm will undergo the design and planning course of, with development focused to start out between 2026 and 2028, topic to planning approvals. Banks Renewables are aiming to have the wind farm operational by 2029.

For extra info on Bodinglee Wind Farm and the session occasions, please go to https://www.banksgroup.co.uk/tasks/renewables/bodinglee-wind-farm/

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For extra info on Banks Renewables, please go to; https://www.banksgroup.co.uk/renewables/


[1]Every automobile is consultant of the typical UK medium sized petrol automobile and was calculated utilizing BEIS GHG conversion components.