We want to work in partnership with the local community to design a project that brings a series of local benefits to the area.
The Vale of Leven project offers opportunities for considerable community benefits, including the direct benefit of investment in the local area (and supply chain), and opportunity for employment generation.
Coriolis Energy and ESB are keen to ensure that the sourcing of components, materials, services and supplies originate wherever possible from the host and neighbouring local authorities.
Apprenticeships, site operatives and staff employed locally are also important targets for the Project.
Vale of Leven Wind Farm will provide the local community the chance to take an ownership stake in the wind farm in order to maximise the local economic impacts. We will be actively consulting on this proposal given the many ways in which it could be delivered, and to ensure we can tailor this to reflect the aspirations of local people and organisations.
We are committed to £5,000 per MW, index linked, for the Vale of Leven proposals – at 70 MW, this would mean £350,000 per annum for the local communities.
Our work to develop more detailed proposals for the community benefit arrangements will be guided by the Scottish Government’s Good Practice Principles for Community Benefit. Our starting point will be to engage with local and neighbouring community councils and existing community companies and charities to gather their views on the appropriate area of benefit, management structures and local priorities.
For each MW
We have a dedicated ‘Local Supplier Register’ in order for local businesses interested in getting involved in the project to provide their details. We are committed to working with local businesses and we are a member of the Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce – we will organise a Meet the Developer events to outline opportunities for local businesses and organisations.
We are also actively considering how we may be able to deliver additional local benefit through biodiversity protection and enhancement, improved access to the areas around the site for recreation activities such as mountain biking, hiking and sports, as well as how we can support local education providers for example.