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Powering Communities

As responsible developers of renewable energy, we seek to power the communities around our projects during development, throughout construction and during operation.

Powering communities

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 input to our proposals 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 the local area. To date we have given more than £38 million to communities across the UK.

Our focus is on building positive relationships at a local level and to gather good news about the kinds of initiatives that communities are delivering with our help.

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. Some great examples of net zero initiatives that have been delivered with ScottishPower Renewables funds include:

  • 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.
     
  • 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.

Focus on Dumfries & Galloway

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