Local businesses back wind farm investment

May 9, 2014 | Community News

Local businesses have praised Banks Renewables for its plans to commit a share of their contracts to local companies in Perthshire.

We have announced plans to direct a significant share of the estimated £26 million construction cost of our proposed wind farm in Perthshire to local companies.

Business owners in the area have welcomed the news, saying it will provide some much needed investment and employment opportunities.

We are now awaiting a decision on our planning application to construct a 20MW, six turbine wind farm on the Bandirran estate near Balbeggie.

We have pledged to agree a guaranteed level of direct investment through local firms during the construction of the wind farm, should they get the go ahead, which would allow for major reinvestment and bring prosperity to the surrounding communities.

It is expected that around £4 million of direct contracts will be available to local firms during the construction of the wind farm, should they be approved, for services such as construction and maintenance, accommodation, catering, cleaning, waste solution and fencing.

Jim Drummond, who runs Drummond Fencing in Dunkeld, is one of the business owners welcoming the proposed investment by Banks Renewables.

He said: “The community in Dunkeld has already been fortunate enough to receive long-term investment from a previous wind project.

“It’s good to see Banks Renewables is showing a similar commitment to putting money back into the community, which can only be positive for the area.

“We’ve worked on other wind farms in the past and it’s very welcome business for us. I hope to see some similar opportunities arise from the Bandirran wind farm

Sean Mills, Director of Mills Contracts Ltd, a groundworks and haulage specialist based in Stanley, said: “This sort of work has an extremely positive effect on the local economy and is absolutely vital in terms of employment.

“We’ll be hoping to help Banks with getting materials in and out for service tracks and roads. We’ve got 24 employees here and this kind of business is vital to not only maintain these staffing levels but also to grow the business and hopefully create more job opportunities for other local people.”

“We do a lot of work on wind farms and depend on the business it generates. I am in full support of the Bandirran project and the commitment Banks have made to use local contractors is fantastic news for the area.”

Colin Anderson, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “The feedback we’ve had from local businesses so far has been fantastic and we appreciate more than ever the need to support local businesses during the current economic challenges.

“It’s for these reasons, as well as our wider commitment to supporting local communities, that Banks Renewables has decided to make a very clear commitment to using local contractors and businesses and agreeing a guaranteed level of direct economic investment into the area when we build our wind farms.”

We have extensive experience of working in partnership with local communities across Scotland and the United Kingdom to deliver a range of local economic, social and environmental benefits, tailored to each individual community’s needs.

This has led to successfully designing and developing new energy schemes while working closely with communities in partnership.

If you’re a local business and keen to be included in the tendering process then please contact us at bandirran@banksgroup.co.uk and leave your contact information, a short description about what your company does and one of our project team will be in touch shortly.

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