Sharing the Benefits of Wind

When it comes to establishing meaningful partnerships with local communities to share the economic rewards of clean energy, our team pride themselves on being innovative, trustworthy and transparent.

The opportunities for host communities to benefit financially, socially and environmentally from wind energy projects in their local area are substantial. Research conducted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) shows that for each installed megawatt of onshore wind (MW), around £100,000 stays in the community during the lifetime of a project (Source: BiGGar DECC report, 2012). As the industry matures, this figure will increase significantly.

“Onshore wind has an important role to play in a diverse energy mix that is secure, low carbon and affordable. We know that two-thirds of people support the growth of onshore wind. But far too often, host communities have seen the wind farms but not the windfall.”

– Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Whether its engaging local companies in the construction of our wind farms or offering communities a share of the project’s revenue, West Coast Energy is fully committed to the principle that communities should benefit from the generation of renewable energy produced on their doorsteps. Since the company’s inception, all of our projects have incorporated a community benefit package, whereby funds are used to finance local and regional community initiatives and projects for the operational life of the wind farm.

Links:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn12_105/pn12_105.aspx

http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/wind-energy-disadvantaged-communities

 

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