skip to main content

Wind farm plan will give 5.4m annual boost to threatened Dumfries and Galloway services.

Wind Farm Aik

A proposed wind farm near Moffat would provide Dumfries and Galloway Council with an extra £5.4 million a year that could help protect local services from damaging budget cuts.

The local authority is poised to benefit from annual business rates generated by Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm, which if approved, could serve the area for 40 years.

The team behind the project, Community Windpower Limited (CWL), is highlighting how the wind farm would result in a major economic boost to Dumfries and Galloway if planning consent is awarded by Scottish ministers, subject to the recommendation of councillors.

The company estimates that the project will add £54.4 million to the value of the area’s economy during the construction and development stage alone.

During the wind farm’s operation, the extra business rates could help Dumfries and Galloway council address major budget challenges, as highlighted by a watchdog earlier this month.

The Accounts Commission said the local authority must make cuts of around £7 million in 2023-24 to balance its budget, with cumulative savings of £38 million needed by 2027-28.

Over its 40-year operational life, Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm is expected to deliver a total investment of over £1.8 billion, benefiting both the local and regional economies as well as the Scottish economy overall.

CWL are committed to inviting Scottish civil, electrical, and engineering contractors to tender, along with many other trades and suppliers, with preference given to firms based in Dumfries and Galloway.

During the construction phase, the project is expected to support over 250 jobs across the construction and building supplies industry.

Rod Wood, Managing Director of Community Windpower, said “It is clear that Scoop Hill will not only help push forward Scotland’s transition to clean energy, it will also provide a huge boost to the economy of Dumfries and Galloway. The project will create hundreds of jobs, attract tens of millions of pounds of inward investment and help to protect local services.

“It is well known that local authority budgets across Scotland are being squeezed. If the council gives the go-ahead to this project, millions of pounds a year will be generated in business rates. We would urge local residents who believe in the benefits of the project to contact their local councillor, voicing their support for the scheme.”

 

Back to News

  • © 2014 Community Windpower Ltd
  • Company Registration Number: 04588923
  • VAT number: 845 147 422
Visit our BeGreen Website