Scottish onshore wind industry pays GBP 8.8m/year to communities
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Annual spending by Scotland's onshore wind industry on community projects has reached the record GBP 8.8 million (USD 13.8m/EUR 12.2m), industry body Scottish Renewables said Tuesday, citing figures from the Local Energy Scotland Community Renewables Register.
Community benefit payments come from wind schemes ranging from only 500 kW to ScottishPower Renewables' 539-MW Whitelee wind farm, the largest facility on the register. The money is used to fund a large number of diverse projects such as building a community hall or sending a dance school to a competition in Germany.
Joss Blamire, senior policy manager at industry body Scottish Renewables, says that community benefit payments, which can last for up to 20 years, are part of the overall picture with onshore wind in Scotland providing clean energy, jobs and investment and contributing towards 2020 climate change targets.