Economic benefit of wind

Wind farm: Nathro Hill win farm, which would be seen from the Caterthuns.

Wind farm: Nathro Hill win farm, which would be seen from the Caterthuns.

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Renewables company Eurowind UK has spelled out the economic opportunity that Nathro Hill Wind Farm could deliver to the Angus economy. Angus Council has yet to offer an opinion on the planning application for the wind farm which is currently being considered by the Scottish Government.

Nathro Hill Wind Farm is being developed by Eurowind UK as part of a portfolio of developments across Scotland. Eurowind UK bring considerable experience of developing wind farms across Europe, both offshore and onshore.

The proposed Nathro Hill Wind Farm will be located on the Careston Estate, 9km NW of Brechin. It will consist of 17 turbines with a total height of up to 134m, each able to generate up to 3.6MW, giving a maximum installed capacity of up to 61MW.

The company has outlined a range of economic benefits for the Angus economy over the 25 year lifetime of the project.

The construction phase alone would bring significant opportunities for local contractors servicing the site - a wide range are needed and this alone will bring £5.5 million into the local economy – more if contractors and businesses seize the opportunity.

Areas where local business could get involved include the provision of key materials such as diesel, fences, gates, draining pipes and track materials.

Services that could benefit from the construction of the wind farm would include plant hire, from small the small scale to large scale.

Wider services such as hotels, shops and guest houses will also benefit and up to 20 full-time jobs are expected to be created for the construction phase. These jobs could bring in £1.3 million to the local economy.

During the 25-year operational lifetime of the wind farm, it is expected that up to 39 full-time jobs would be required to operate and maintain the project which would generate £14.6 million within the local economy.

On top of this a community dividend to surrounding communities would pay out over £5m to support local and Angus wide good causes as well as initiatives to promote the local economy such as business development, training or apprenticeships.

Ian Lindsay, director of Eurowind said: “There are few good news stories about the economy at the moment, but renewable energy represents a massive area of growth and investment which can benefit small and large businesses across Angus.

“The opportunity to tackle the biggest environmental threat facing the world while investing significant income in the Angus economy is probably the clearest win-win Angus Council is going to find in the middle of a recession.”

The wind farm is the largest proposed in Angus to date and the site has a particularly high wind resource compared to other wind farm locations.

For more information about the development visit the project website at http://nathrohillwindfarm.co.uk/