Lesmahagow set for £11 million windfarm windfall

Community benefits...for all says Colin Anderson
Community benefits...for all says Colin Anderson

LESMAHAGOW is in line for a substantial financial windfall after the Scottish Government passed plans for a new windfarm to be built near Strathaven.

The 26 turbine windfarm received the go-ahead for the proposals from the Government’s Energy Consents Unit meaning the 104MW windfarm, run by Banks Renewables, will generate a community benefit fund of an estimated £11 million during its 25-year lifetime.

That money will help fund the long term development plans drawn up by Community Councils in Lesmahagow, Stonehouse, Strathaven and Sandford and Upper Avondale.

Banks Renewables director Colin Anderson was delighted to see the plans finally get the green light.

He said: “We are pleased that our partnership approach to developing the project has now got Scottish Government approval, after securing widespread support within the local area.

“That partnership approach will bring real, substantial benefits to the community for generations to come.

“Millions of pounds in windfarm revenues will be available for the local communities to invest in the projects, groups and worthwhile causes most important to them.”

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