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Plans unveiled for major wind farm in Scotland

by Liam Turner
Sheep in front of wind turbines

A planning application has been submitted for a major wind farm in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Banks Renewables, the company behind the proposals, says the 37-turbine farm in Bodinglee could help families save millions each year on their energy bills.

Plans also include a battery storage development.

If approved, the scheme, which is set to last for 40 years, will be among the most powerful and most efficient onshore wind farms in the UK and would provide more than 200,000 households with electricity annually.

Robin Winstanley, sustainability and external affairs manager at Banks Renewables, said: “We believe we have presented a very strong case for approving this scheme, which would deliver significant environmental, social, and economic benefits to local communities in South Lanarkshire that would help tackle climate change and drive down energy bills for local households.

“Our vision for the site is not just to create a wind farm, but for Bodinglee to deliver sustainable, positive, and transformative change for South Lanarkshire.

“The blended benefits package which would result from Bodinglee Wind Farm is innovative in its approach, looking beyond the traditional model of issuing grants from a central pot, seeking to reshape how a just energy transition could directly benefit local households and the wider community.”

Banks Renewables also says the creation of a community-owned organisation – Clydesdale Community Energy Transition Company (CCETco) – would help thousands of families to save millions on their energy bills by improving the thermal efficiency of homes in the area and replacing ageing, fossil fuelled heating systems.

In addition to the creation of CCETco, Banks Renewables has offered to gift a 1% stake in the wind farm to the community.

A further 9% will be available to purchase at market rate if desired, according to the firm.

Robin Winstanley added: “Our vision for the site is not just to create a wind farm, but for Bodinglee to deliver sustainable, positive and transformative change for South Lanarkshire.

“Since we commenced development of the project in 2021, we have been meeting with and listening to local communities, businesses, and a wide variety of people locally, and we hope we have exceeded their expectation of what Bodinglee Wind Farm can contribute to South Lanarkshire.

“We hope that people locally will support our application to build what would be a nationally significant green energy development on the UK and Scotland’s journey to net-zero.”

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