There are a number of wind farm developments in East Kintyre which are having, and will continue to have an impact on the community of East Kintyre.
The East Kintyre Community wish to build strong, positive relationships with developers of approved wind farms to ensure the future economic viability of the area. There are two routes which can make this happen - Community Shared Ownership in local wind farms and genuine, transparent Community Benefit Funds delivered directly to the community.
Windfarm Developments in Kintyre
Community Shared Ownership
"Shared ownership can help promote stronger relationships between local communities and the renewables sector, and deliver lasting economic and social benefits to communities across Scotland. " Scottish Government
The Scottish Government want to see a significant increase in shared ownership opportunities being made available across all renewable energy projects in Scotland, helping to deliver lasting economic and social benefits to host communities across the country. The Good Practice Principles for Community Shared Ownership was launched in April 2019 - a valuable tool for renewable energy businesses, communities, local authorities and other stakeholders involved in the development of renewable energy.
East Kintyre Renewable Energy Group was formed in 2019 and tasked by Carradale Community Trust with researching new and/or proposed renewable energy developments that will impact on East Kintyre. The primary aim of the group is to highlight the socio-economic implications of such developments and maximise income to the community from agreed developments.
To find out the latest wind farm development news for Kintyre and all wind farm related news check out the EKREG Newsdesk. The Newsdesk will also give links to the latest windfarm applications on the Scottish Governments Energy Consents Unit website.
Community Benefit Funds
"Community benefits offer an opportunity for communities to benefit from their local renewable energy resource by engaging them in discussions to build a lasting relationship with the renewables industry that supports Scotland’s transition to a low carbon future." Scottish Government
Community benefits schemes are a well-established, integral part of renewable energy developments, and often represent a positive relationship between renewable energy businesses and communities. They are voluntary arrangements offered by renewable energy businesses to communities located near developments, and are not a material consideration in a planning application. The Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits was launched in April 2019 a valuable tool for renewable energy businesses, communities, local authorities and other stakeholders involved in the development of renewable energy.
East Kintyre community groups looking to apply for grants for projects from the local Windfarm Community Benefit Funds should check out the following pages on criteria, how and when to apply:
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