'Buy Scottish' Policy
We are committed to working with Scotland to increase renewable energy development and deployment, to tackle climate change and boost the economy.
Our ‘Buy Scottish’ policy is a crucial component of all our projects as we maintain our commitment to Scotland and its green energy industry, whilst ensuring our inward investment to the Scottish economy remains paramount.
Through our eight operational and consented projects, we have invested £300 million to date. This will increase to £700 million by 2017 and £1 billion by 2020.
Through our ‘Buy Scottish’ campaign, Community Windpower works closely with Scottish civil, electrical and engineering contractors and local businesses to construct our wind farms.
We have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd to buy Scottish turbine towers made by Scottish people. We have committed to sourcing the towers for 100 turbines from the Company which will be installed at our four consented wind farms and future projects currently in the planning system, thus safeguarding jobs and investment within Scotland.
To further facilitate this process we hosted a series of ‘Meet the Buyer’ events across Southern Scotland. These have been significantly successful, helping us to identify many local companies who will be utilised for smaller contracts and services for our wind farms. We wish to work with local Scottish firms, large and small, who can partner with us during the construction and operational periods of our projects.
Mr G Money, Commercial Director of Barr Quarries who attended a 'Meet the Buyer' event said:
‘The Meet the Buyer event provided our business with the platform to learn more about the projects and the potential opportunities they can create for our products and services.
It was a great opportunity to discuss our capabilities with senior project and supply chain personnel from Community Windpower as well as to network with other local suppliers and Dumfries and Galloway Council.’