A PLANNING utility for a serious wind farm that would assist households save thousands and thousands annually on their power payments, has been submitted to South Lanarkshire council for overview.
Planning officers are anticipated to think about proposals by Banks Renewables to develop the 37-turbine Bodinglee Wind Farm and battery storage improvement close to Douglas.
If accepted, Bodinglee will probably be among the many strongest and best onshore wind farms within the UK and would offer greater than 200,000 households with inexperienced electrical energy yearly and will displace the equal of round 70,000 petrol automobiles’ annual CO2 emissions from the UK’s electrical energy provide grid.
Over the 40-year lifespan of the proposed wind farm, Banks Renewables forecast a blended group advantages package deal of an estimated £53m would meaningfully enhance the lives of native folks by serving to them to avoid wasting an estimated £2.5-4.5 million annually on their power payments.
Robin Winstanley, sustainability and exterior affairs supervisor at Banks Renewables, mentioned: “We consider now we have offered a really robust case for approving this scheme, which might ship important environmental, social and financial advantages to native communities in South Lanarkshire that will assist deal with local weather change and drive down power payments for native households.
“The blended advantages package deal which might end result from Bodinglee Wind Farm is revolutionary in its strategy, trying past the standard mannequin of issuing grants from a central pot, searching for to reshape how a simply power transition might instantly profit native households and the broader group.”
The creation of a community-owned organisation – Clydesdale Neighborhood Power Transition Firm (CCETco) – would assist 1000’s of households to avoid wasting thousands and thousands on their power payments by enhancing the thermal effectivity of properties within the space and changing ageing, fossil fuelled heating methods.
Banks Renewables commissioned a research by unbiased consultants Pure Energy that has proven that funding these cash saving measures might end in between £2-4.4m in annual financial savings on power payments for six,500 native households – all of that are in an space recognized as being particularly uncovered to rising power prices because of a higher-than-average proportion of older, power inefficient properties.
Along with the creation of CCETco, Banks Renewables has provided to present a 1% stake within the wind farm to the group – and an extra 9% will probably be obtainable to buy at market price if desired, which might increase the group funding aspect above the £53m determine.
Robin Winstanley added: “Our imaginative and prescient for the location is not only to create a wind farm, however for Bodinglee to ship sustainable, constructive and transformative change for South Lanarkshire.
“Since we commenced improvement of the mission in 2021 now we have been assembly with and listening to native communities, companies, and all kinds of individuals regionally, and we hope now we have exceeded their expectation of what Bodinglee Wind Farm can contribute to South Lanarkshire and we hope that folks regionally will help our utility to construct what could be a nationally important inexperienced power improvement on the UK and Scotland’s journey to web zero.”
To help Bodinglee Wind Farm, go to https://www.banksgroup.co.uk/bodinglee For extra data on Banks Renewables, go to https://www.banksgroup.co.uk/renewables/