Kype Muir Extension Wind Farm is an extension to the consented Kype Muir Wind Farm, located approximately 7.5 KM’s south of the town of Strathaven. Kype Muir Extension originally formed part of Kype Muir but was initially removed due to a need to undertake further assessment works on the area where turbines were being proposed. The development of the two sites is a flagship development for Banks Renewables and is where the first Community Partnering proposal was launched. The reintroduction of Kype Muir Extension will reinforce and enhance the principles of Community Partnership originally founded at Kype Muir.
Consisting of 18 turbines, the aim is to develop a commercial scale wind farm in a true partnership sense where the social, environmental and economic benefits are maximised and shared fairly between the operator, Local Authority and most importantly the Communities surrounding the proposal. This will be delivered by:
• Community Partnering – a true partnership which sees the communities take their own share of the wind farm revenues to invest in their local area tackling the issues specific to them
• Connect2Renewables – a partnership between the Operator, the local authority and communities aimed at creating the necessary links between the operations of each party in order to maximise support for local businesses and opportunities for local people as a result of the wind farm
• Banks Renewables is committed to developing partnership schemes that provide communities near our developments with a meaningful share in their local wind farm. These are always specifically tailored to local issues, as identified by local people
As a company we are proud of the unique partnerships we are able to offer your community. These partnerships give the community an active role in the development of the project in a variety of ways:
• Enable the communities to share directly in the project through a stake in the gross revenue generated
• Commit Banks Renewables to using local firms in the construction of the wind farm
• Provide meaningful direct and indirect long term employment opportunities for local people
Kype Muir received planning permission from the Scottish Government in May 2014. We are continuing to liaise with the Community Councils and other stakeholders in the area. A Kype Muir Community Partnership Group has been established to discuss the community benefit package which includes an initiative to help provide jobs and apprenticeships.
For more information on the Kype Muir Extension project click on the below links:
Kype Muir Extension Benefits, August 2014
Kype Muir and Kype Muir Extension Benefits Combined, August 2014
Kype Muir Extension exhibition newsletter, August 2014
Kype Muir Extension Non-Technical Summary – September 2014