As responsible developers, we strive to be good neighbours in all aspects of our work. We are committed to the Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire areas and, in particular, to maximising opportunities for local communities to benefit from our projects.
We are proud to be supporting local communities and helping them to deliver long term aspirations. Our community funds across the UK total more than £37 million to date, with over £14.9 million invested in communities near our developments in Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire.
Sharing the Benefit
Some of the initiatives that SPR community benefit funds have supported in your area include:
- Tynron Community Hall Upgrades & Car Park repairs
- Community Purchase of local property to let to new residents
- Replacement of old fencing at Moniave Primary School with recycled plastic fencing
- Contribution to salary at KPT development trust
- Installation of Solar Panels at Glencairn Green Bowling
- Penpont CC Purchase of large Marquee for Gala event
- Contribution to local upgrades in Kirkconell & Kelloholm
- Sponsorship of local youth groups
Our community benefit funds have helped fund initiatives across Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire, including supporting local schools with new equipment, events and activities across the region.
We are working with Dumfries and Galloway Council, East Ayrshire Council and Local stakeholders to ensure that renewable energy boosts the local economy and creates opportunities for local people.
There will also be an opportunity for the local community to invest in the Euchanhead project. A separate consultation communication will be sent covering this aspect in due course.
Above: Local walking group at SPR’s Dersalloch Windfarm
We are committed to maximising employment opportunities for those local to our projects by making sure that local people and businesses have the opportunity to be part of our industry’s success.
As a major infrastructure development, Euchanhead Renewable Energy Development has the potential to create employment opportunities. If consent is granted, jobs would be created both during construction and after completion, in support, operation and maintenance activities. The estimated employment opportunities are detailed below:
- Peak on-site workforce of 150 workers over 22 month construction period.
- Approximately 22 temporary FTE (full time equivalent) jobs created in local economy and 337 FTE jobs created in Scotland as a whole
- Operation of the proposed Development will create between 5 and 8 permanent local jobs and add £1.87 million to the annual GVA of the local economy and £5.13 million to the Scottish economy as a whole.
Opportunities for Local Businesses
New renewable energy developments can bring increased opportunities for local companies to gain new business. We are interested in working with local businesses that can provide a variety of skills and services during the construction phase and operational lifetime of our development. This may include services such as ground and road maintenance, catering, building trades and plant hire.
Above: Tower construction at SPR’s Kilgallioch Windfarm
We will host ‘Meet the Contractor’ events prior to construction, aimed specifically at small to medium enterprises, to discuss the types of contracts being let during construction and operation.
It is estimated that the project construction would boost the local economy by a total of £1.9 million of net additional GVA (gross value added) during the construction period (£26.2 million for Scotland as a whole).
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