In line with the Scottish Government guidance, Wind2 would make an annual contribution £5,000 for every megawatt of installed wind capacity during the period of operation to a local community benefit fund.
Wind2 will, in consultation with the local community, create a dedicated community benefit fund to be managed locally.
In addition, our policy is to explore opportunities to also provide direct benefits to those residents living in closest proximity to the wind farm.
Near Neighbour Electricity Contribution
If the community wish to utilise a portion of the community benefit fund to implement reduction in electricity bills, Wind2 can support the community in implementing a Near Neighbours Electricity Contribution scheme. Our scheme is based around residents living in close proximity of one of our wind turbines receiving up to a £400 contribution to their annual home electricity bill. If this option is selected, the qualifying property would receive this payment annually in arrears based on actual energy bills. As with other elements of the community benefit package, payments will be index linked. New build properties and approved plots will also be eligible.
Alternatively, residents of properties within close proximity of the wind farm may choose to capitalise the electricity bill contribution, converting this to a single lump sum of £4,500 to fund or part fund measures to improve the energy efficiency and decarbonisation of their home. The cost of these measures will be reimbursed up to a maximum value of £4,500 upon presentation of receipts, covering all eligible works submitted in a single claim. An opportunity exists to collaborate with neighbours to deliver a project with an increased benefit to residents, if this was of interest.
Contact the Wind2 team for more details.
Swarclett Wind Farm will deliver measurable economic benefits to the local community reflecting current Scottish Government Good Practice principles on Community Benefits and Shared Ownership.