As responsible developers of renewable energy, ScottishPower Renewables seeks to power the communities around our windfarms during development, throughout construction and during operation.
As long-term neighbours we feel the benefits of our projects should be shared and we do this in a variety of ways.
During development we proactively consult with local residents, seeking their input to our proposal to shape its design, ultimately influencing the application we submit and the projects we construct and operate.
During construction we invite local companies to meet with us to find out more about the type of contracts being let and to find out how they can get involved. At our existing windfarms we have used a variety of local business and suppliers for services such as ground clearance, catering, accommodation, fencing and decorating.
During the operation of our onshore windfarms we create and support community benefit funds, empowering communities to control how this money is spent to best serve the needs of their local area. To date we have contributed more than £42 million to communities across the UK.
Our focus is on building positive relationships at a local level and gathering good news about the initiatives that communities are delivering with our help.
The Scottish Government’s Climate Change Act 2019 commits Scotland to net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045.
This will see the electrification of transport and heat and a continued shift away from electricity generated by fossil fuels to renewable generation including onshore wind, offshore wind and solar PV. Battery storage will help to increase system flexibility.
Since the Paris agreement, ScottishPower has become the first integrated energy company in the UK to shift completely from coal and gas generations to 100% renewable energy generation.
Over the next five years ScottishPower has made a commitment to invest £10bn in the clean energy generation and the networks infrastructure needed to help the UK decarbonise. As a Principal Partner for COP26, we are ready to play our part and determined to keep up the pace of progress need to tackle climate change.
ScottishPower Renewables is encouraging communities to identify and deliver sustainable initiatives with the community benefit funds from our operational windfarms, helping their local community to reduce their carbon footprint.
More than £340,000 of our community benefit funds have been used across the UK to deliver energy efficiency initiatives in community buildings including upgrading insulation and heating systems, installing double glazing, biomass boilers and solar panels.
Our Harestanes Windfarm community benefit fund provided £15,000 seed funding enabling the resident-led Nith Valley Leaf Trust (NVLT), to secure further funding to develop and construct three affordable, family-sized, energy efficient Passivhaus certified rental properties in the community of Closeburn. At Coldham Windfarm, Fenland District Council has contributed £3,861 to Resource Futures Ltd to assist in the delivery of an online recycling education campaign to promote sustainability and encourage lasting behavioural changes.
In the run up to COP 26, ScottishPower Renewables is launching a community challenge to groups within communities that are eligible to apply to our community benefit funds. We are inviting them to tell us about the net zero initiative they are looking to deliver in the community and we will provide up to £5,000 towards the cost of the best idea!