Community Benefit Fund
If the application is successful, EDF Renewables would establish a community benefit fund for the wind farm when it becomes operational. It would be established in line with the Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments. At current levels, based on a proposed generation capacity of 67.2MW, the proposed scheme would provide a local benefit fund of up to £336,000 each year for the lifetime of the wind farm.
EDF Renewables supports the principles of shared ownership that gives local community groups and organisations the opportunity to invest in and share in the profit generated by wind farms. This shared ownership opportunity has been offered to local groups at the public exhibitions via information leaflets and is proposed in addition to the proposed Community Benefit Fund.
At this stage, we are simply assessing any interest and would welcome feedback from local community groups. If there is sufficient interest, we propose to hold an event which would give community groups the opportunity to discuss the matter with representatives from EDF Renewables.
Local Energy Scotland is aware of the scheme and is available to provide impartial and independent advice to members of the public on fund raising and all related shared ownership matters.
Section 36 Application
Because the proposed development will be over 50MW, the wind farm is classed as a Section 36 scheme and requires the submission of an application to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU). We anticipate that an application for consent will be submitted to the ECU in early 2019.
The application documents are available to download on the ECU website at https://www.energyconsents.scot/.
Hard copies of the application documents are available to view in hard copy at:
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Making Your Views Known
All stakeholder feedback and comments received during Pre-Application public consultation is included within the 'Pre-Application Consultation Report' which forms part of our consent application.
In addition, the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit will be holding a consultation period for members of the public and consultees to make their views known ahead of any decisions being taken on the application. As part of this process, Dumfries and Galloway Council will be responsible for handling all neighbour notifications.
This consultation period will open on Tuesday 5th March and close on Friday 3rd May.
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