West Benhar Wind Energy Project

Partnerships for Renewables is working with the Forestry Commission in Scotland to explore the potential for siting wind turbines in the West Benhar plantation.

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West Benhar approved by North Lanarkshire Council

Published: 18/12/2014


Partnerships for Renewables (PfR) has received planning consent for its first project in Scotland, following North Lanarkshire Council’s decision to approve the 27.2 MW West Benhar Forest scheme near Shotts.

Developed in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), the project was approved by 11 votes to 6 at a meeting of the Planning & Transportation Committee on 16 December 2014, in line with the planning officer’s recommendation.

Alan Mathewson, Regional Manager at Partnerships for Renewables, said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the Council has given West Benhar the go-ahead. Our partnership working with Forestry Commission Scotland on this project led to a strong proposal and the development will generate enough green electricity to power the needs of over 15,000 homes every year.*”

Brent Meakin, Scottish Lowlands Forest District Manager at Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“We are pleased that National Forest Estate will be the home for this development which will contribute to the Scottish Government’s ambitious renewable energy and climate change targets.

Communities close to the development will be able to take advantage of market leading annual community benefit payments and can also have the option of investing in the scheme itself, generating an on-going income.”

PfR was established in 2007 to work with public sector bodies and has an extensive portfolio of projects with FCS in the Scottish Lowlands and Borders. West Benhar represents the first success of this partnership since it was formed in 2010 and will generate steady revenue for FCS in the coming years as well as a substantial community benefit fund of £136k per annum. This project will also offer an opportunity for local investment from a community body and discussions are ongoing to take this forward in 2015.

For further information contact Craig Mullen, 0131 338 6995 or craig.mullen@pfr.co.uk

* Environmental benefit figures are based upon eight 3.4 MW turbines with a total installed capacity of 27.2 MW, operating with a 28% capacity factor, average household electricity use of 4,192 kWh per annum, and the electricity generated displacing electricity generated from CCGT/average fuel mix – approximately 430g CO2 / kWh.


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