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Community Windpower Ltd rallies to Net-Zero target, with Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm

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Francesca Osowska, chief executive of Scottish Natural Heritage warned the country faces an “apocalypse” of flooded towns, dead forests and polluted rivers unless urgent action is taken to cut CO2 emissions.

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN stated this week that Governments should STOP subsidising fossil fuels.  STOP taxing people and tax carbon.  STOP building new coal plants by 2020 and build RENEWABLE ENERGIES.

Earlier this month, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) delivered a stark reminder to the British Government, that current efforts to reduce our contribution to climate change are wholly insufficient to stay anywhere close to a 1.5oC temperature rise.

Scotland is already pushing ahead, with the Government announcing that it will set a legally binding goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, with interim targets of 70% by 2030 and 90% by 2040. Scotland is already further ahead in its current climate change targets than the rest of the UK and much of Europe and therefore is in a much better position to reach net-zero.

Community Windpower Ltd (CWL) are already powering over 205,900 homes, and saving 358,150 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, from their 7 operational wind farms. But in order to meet the 2045 net-zero target, much more must be done.

CWL are therefore delighted to announce Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm.  A next generation wind farm, Scoop Hill would make substantial contributions to reducing Scotland’s carbon footprint equivalent to 44 million tonnes of carbon dioxide over the 40-year operational life of the scheme.

The site comprises of predominantly commercial forestry in close proximity to the M74 motorway north of Lockerbie and the wind farm will deliver new green renewable generating capacity of 500MW. An application will be lodged only after extensive dialogue and consultation with the local community and stakeholders.

Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm will provide a strategic contribution to climate change targets, create hundreds of civil, electrical and engineering jobs in Scotland and contribute £1bn to the Dumfries & Galloway and Scottish economy over its operational life.

Find out more on Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm on our website.

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