The offer of community benefit, usually paid at a rate of £5000 per megawatt per annum, is a central plank of the Scottish Government’s good practice principles for onshore wind farm development, and for the North Lowther proposal this would equate to more than £750,000 per year.

Foundation Scotland – a not-for-profit organisation – has been engaged by NLEI to work with local communities to develop ideas on how community benefit could be managed. They have written to and met with representatives of local village and community councils, as well as a number of individuals to share ideas on how community benefit can best be used.

This is an important exercise and we would encourage residents and other interested parties to engage with Foundation Scotland in this process.

In addition, NLEI has offered the opportunity to participate in shared ownership of the scheme in line with Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Shared Ownership of Onshore Renewable Energy Developments.

If you have any suggestions for the best use of our community benefit to ensure that the local community has a say, please send us your views via the contact page.

Buccleuch has already supported an innovative scheme at Glenmuckloch Community Energy Park  where S5 and S6 pupils from Sanquhar Academy decide how to invest the profits generated by the park’s wind turbines.

Pupils from Sanquhar Academy at Glenmuckloch Community Energy Park

Pictured: S5 and S6 pupils from Sanquhar Academy who decide how to invest the profits from the turbines at Glenmuckloch Community Energy Park for the benefit of the local area.