Nathro Hill community windfall to top £1 million

Rural communities in Angus near to the proposed Nathro Hill windfarm could share in a £1 million windfall it has been claimed.

The company behind the windfarm, renewable energy developer Eurowind, claim they have calculated that profits from a community share in their proposed windfarm could deliver more than £1 million a year to surrounding communities.

Angus Council will consider a report on the proposals at a meeting of the council tomorrow (Thursday) to decide on their final position. However, due to the scale of the project the Scottish Government will make the final decision on the project itself.

A spokesman for Eurowind said they considered that Careston Estate, North-west of Brechin, was probably one of the best in the country for a wind farm with turbines working at a very high efficiency, generating relatively more electricity and potentially strong community profits.

“We announced last year that we were prepared to enter into a joint venture with surrounding communities whereby a community body would own a single turbine share in the 17 turbine project. Now figures show that the net community profit could rise from an estimated £400,000 a year in the early years of the wind farm’s operation to over £1 million a year in the final decade of the project’s 25 year life,” said the spokesman.

He said that an Angus wide survey conducted by them last year showed that 55 per cent of people believed that Nathro Hill was a good location for a wind farm with 47 per cent supporting the project itself and only 23 per cent objecting.

Director for Eurowind Ian Lindsay said Nathro Hill wind farm presented a once in a generation opportunity to secure a viable future for some of Angus’s most disadvantaged rural communities.

“Nathro Hill is a perfect location for a wind farm with a massive wind resource,” he said.