As Windfarm developers offer Community Shared Ownership in consented windfarms to the impacted communities, EKREG Ltd will lead the negotiations and then bring the offer to the communities.
If the offer is acceptable to the communities, a Multi Community Benefit Society will be established to invest in the local Windfarm.
As the Multi Community Benefit Societies receive the income from the Windfarms, funds will be donated to the Anchor Charity Beneficiaries which are local charities, nominated by the community councils and whose purposes are to benefit the local communities through community development, education and regeneration.
The full details of each of windfarm development application can be found on either the "Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit website" (applications over 50MW) or "Argyll and Bute Council Planning Applications website" (applications under 50MW).
Application announcements can also be found in the "Kintyre Wind News" section as the details are released.
Agreements are in place for EKREG Ltd to take the lead and explore Community Shared Ownership (CSO) opportunities in new/repowered local wind farm developments on behalf of the following Kintyre Community Council areas.
Community Benefit Societies will be established to advance Community Shared Ownership in local windfarms and thus produce renewable energy which generates sustainable funding to further community development, education and regeneration via their support of local community charities. As EKREG Ltd receive CSO offers from Kintyre windfarm developers, the details of each of the Community Benefit Societies will be announced here.
An annual Community Benefit Funding package of £225,000 has been secured for local communities from the recently commissioned Beinn an Tuirc 3 (BaT3) Windfarm. Following many months of negotiations by EKREG (a local volunteer group working on behalf of Kintyre Communities) an agreement has been reached with Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) that ensures the Community Benefit Funds will be paid for the lifetime of the windfarm, rather than the initial 10 years as originally tabled. As a consequence, local communities will receive around £3.4 million more than was originally proposed, the final total amounting to ~ £5.6 million over the coming 25 years. These funds will be equally distributed to the impacted communities of Campbeltown, East Kintyre and West Kintyre, to enable local communities to plan long-term and develop large scale projects that truly benefit the communities in our area. Read more on the Lussa Community Wind Ltd News Page
The Anchor charity beneficiaries are the community council nominated charities whose purposes are to benefit the local communities through community development, education and regeneration.
"The Kintyre Wind website is an excellent source of information on the community shared ownership and community benefit opportunities in Kintyre. All the best to East Kintyre Renewable Energy Group in their endeavours to secure significant and long term benefits for the Kintyre community."
Mark Brennan, Shared Ownership Manager, Local Energy Scotland