As responsible developers of renewable energy, we strive to be good neighbours in all aspects of our work. We are committed to Argyll and Bute and to maximising opportunities for local communities to benefit from our projects.
SPR’s operational windfarms have contributed more than £18.8 million of support towards community initiatives across the UK, with their existing local windfarms (Cruach Mhor, Clachan Flats and Beinn an Tuirc) contributing over £1.1 million of support to Argyll & Bute communities. The flexible approach adopted by SPR has empowered local communities to decide what the community benefit is spent on. This has resulted in a fantastic diversity of projects being delivered from improving local amenities including town halls, cinemas and local youth clubs, to supporting work experience places, educational workshops and much more.
Beinn an Tuirc Windfarm Phase 3 would further increase the funds available, if consented.
Together with ALIenergy (Argyll, Lomond & the Islands Energy Agency) and Argyll & Bute Council, SPR has supported educational work with school children and community groups across the region to raise awareness about renewable energy. More recently, through Beinn an Tuirc Windfarm Phase 2 community benefit package, SPR and Argyll and Bute Council have committed three years of the regional tranche of the fund towards the delivery of a new renewable Education & Development Officer, to be managed by ALIenergy. This commitment of over £100,000 is anticipated to focus on broadening and strengthening the skills base locally as well as promoting employability skills and preparing school leavers for local opportunities. The Education & Development role commenced in February 2015.
As an active member of Argyll and Bute Renewable Alliance (ABRA), we are working with Argyll and Bute Council and local stakeholders to ensure that renewable energy boosts the local economy and creates opportunities for local people.