The Argyll and Bute economy has the potential to realise significant economic investment from a new wind farm proposed by leading Glasgow based renewable energy company RES. It has been estimated that Killean Wind Farm near Tayinloan could bring £4.7 million of direct inward investment into the local economy in the form of jobs, employment and use of local services, alongside approximately £1,000,000 annually in business rates.
The 17 turbine wind farm, located approximately 2.5km east of Tayinloan, is subject to a Section 36 planning application recently submitted to the Scottish Governments Energy Consents and Deployment Unit. The project has the potential to provide sufficient renewable energy to meet the average demand of more than 45,000 homes – roughly equivalent to the total number of properties in the whole of Argyll and Bute.
On a wider scale Killean Wind Farm will also make an important contribution to the overall generation mix in Scotland, increasing energy security and reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels. Onshore wind, importantly, is a home-grown fuel source and not only the cheapest form of large scale, low carbon electricity but also the cheapest option for any new generation. It has a critical role to play in helping stabilise and secure our future energy needs, and projects such as Killean provide real opportunities for helping to achieve this.
Louise Davis, RES Senior Development Manager, said: “A wind farm at Killean could provide significant benefits to the local economy as it would represent a major inward investment in the area. RES has shown through the construction of Freasdail Wind Farm near Whitehouse, where we have spent more than £3.6 million in the local economy so far during construction, that we will use local businesses where the skills and services are available. If consented we will work hard to replicate that success at Killean, ensuring that we maximise local job and supply chain opportunities.
“We’ve undertaken a range of engagement activities to design a project that we believe reflects the best balance of economic, environmental and social considerations. We have selected a taller turbine at Killean, which we believe is acceptable within the landscape and will optimise the amount of electricity that can be generated with fewer turbines. Onshore wind is the least expensive form of large scale low carbon electricity and by utilising wind energy at a site like Killean we are helping to make an important transition to a low cost, low carbon future for Scotland – great for consumers and our economy.”
The project will now enter a six week statutory consultation period, following validation of the planning application, in order to gather formal comments on the proposal.
RES (Renewable Energy Systems) is one of the world’s leading independent renewable energy companies. At the forefront of renewable energy development for over 30 years, RES has developed and/or built over 12GW of renewable energy capacity worldwide. RES' core activities are onshore wind, offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission. RES is headquartered in the United Kingdom and operates across the globe.