Connect2Renewables is an initiative between the local communities, Banks Renewables and the local council which seeks to maximise the social, economic and environmental benefit of the development to the local area. This will be achieved through:

  • A commitment from Banks to deliver as high as percentage as possible of the contracted construction value to companies local to the site
  • A commitment to localise any economic activity throughout the lifecycle of the development
  • The community partnering proposal will include a jobs and training scheme to help local people back into employment
  • This scheme will focus on helping local people gain apprenticeships and workplace learning placements with the aim of improving their employment credentials
  • This will be administered by the local council for the benefit of the communities near the project

Our Strategies
We shall deliver on these commitments by:

  • Working with local authorities and the local Chambers of Commerce to identify local businesses capable of undertaking work on our wind farm construction projects
  • Ensuring that tender lists for main and sub contracts include local firms identified through this process
  • Requiring that tenders for work must include statement of local economic benefits which will be a material consideration in the awarding of contracts
  • For the first five years of operation of any wind farm we develop to seek to provide funding for and deliver in partnership with the local council a scheme to enable local unemployed people (without age restriction) to reduce the financial barriers that they are experiencing by giving them the opportunity to access grant funding to support them with an apprenticeship, work-based learning programme, or further education to improve their prospects of employment
  • During the development, construction and restoration of our wind farms to maximise the number of direct employment and / or training opportunities for local people
  • Obligating companies in our local supply chain to commit to delivering direct employment and / or training for local people
  • Considering the scope for a local consortium of firms to deliver major contracts

Connect2Renewables Scottish Parliament reception tiles, 22 Sept 2015
Connect2Renewables Charter, November 2014
Connect2Renewables Pledge Card, November 2014
Connect2Renewables exhibition posters, November 2014

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