Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company are working in partnership with ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) to distribute Community Benefit funds to 42 Community Council areas in Annandale, Dumfries and Nithsdale. SPR are providing £300.000 per year for the operational life of Harestanes Windfarm
Kenny Peberdy, Onshore Operations Director at ScottishPower Renewables, said “We have been engaging with communities around Harestanes Windfarm for many years, since we first considered the project, and we look forward to working closely with ANCBC. ScottishPower Renewables will provide £8 million in community benefit over the anticipated 25 year life of the windfarm, and it is fantastic to see so many community councils across Dumfries and Galloway involved, that stand to benefit through the community fund. Harestanes is a major renewable energy development comprising 68 turbines with an installed capacity of 136MW, producing enough electricity to power more than 70,000 homes per year, and we are pleased to see the windfarm will also be making a positive impact in local communities.”
The Board of Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company, ANCBC, is delighted to be delivering Community Benefit Funds for local communities to be spend delivering community aspirations for anything from Play Equipment to development of Employability Initiatives, Educational Programmes and Community Asset Projects. This is the culmination of over 5 years work and the coming together of 42 community council areas within the Harestanes site boundary.
The board, made up of local representatives from across the area, are looking forward to some exciting and innovative projects coming forward and see the funds as providing very positive local benefits to all of the communities.
Martin Brown, Chair of ANCBC commented “it has been a long hard slog to get to this point and we are delighted that 31 community councils are now on board with the process. Other communities within the area that do not have an established community council will still be able to apply to the fund via their community groups providing benefits to the full 42 community council areas.”
Treasurer Jean Purves commented that the funds would empower local communities to develop projects and activities that would have real benefits in the many communities it serves. Jean announced that annual grants would also be issued to Community Councils, to enable them to start to develop their own projects or support small scale projects within their own communities. “We want our local communities to be able to make very local decisions”.