Potential Benefits of the Revised Druim Ba Wind Farm
DRUIM BA WOULD MAKE A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGETS
The revised Druim Ba proposal, with a total installed capacity of 30MW, could generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of more than 18,000 homes*.
If consented, the revised Druim Ba Wind Farm will provide extensive opportunities for local businesses such as the construction sector, strongly represented in the Highlands, hotel and catering providers, fencing contractors, joiners, plant owners, hauliers and forestry contractors.
DBSE will hold open days for local companies interested in working on the wind farm construction and maintenance.
*Based on a total generating capacity of 30MW and a load factor of 28.9% (DUKES July 2014 table 6.5), and an annual household electricity consumption of 4,170kWh (DECC annual average UK electricity consumption).
Community Benefit Fund
DBSE will pay £5,000 per MW of installed capacity into a community fund, as recommended by the Scottish Government, and in full compliance with the Highland Council 'Guidance on the application of The Highland Council Community Benefit Policy for Communities and for Developers of onshore and offshore renewable energy developments'. For DBSE this equates to up to £150,000 per annum, and up to £3.75m over the 25 year operational life of the wind farm.
The Highland Council's policy position* on Community Benefit from renewable energy projects was agreed on 3rd March 2011 whereby Developers will provide Community Benefit of not less than £5,000 per installed Megawatt that will annually inflate in line with the UK Retail Price Index.
Because the fund would exceed £100,000 per annum, it would be allocated according to the Community Benefit system for onshore developments:
For funds above £100,000*:
- Tier 1 - 55% will accrue to a local level
- Tier 2 - 30% will accrue to an area level
- Tier 3 - 15% will accrue to a pan-Highland level
The policy as agreed by Highland Council will apply to all commercial renewable energy developments.
The fund will be distributed according to defined allocation factors*:
Proximity to site - The relative proportions of Community Council areas falling in "proximity zones" 0-5, 5-10 and 10-15 km from the "Site" boundary.
Visual impact - The relative proportions of Community Council areas calculated to be able to see the "Site" falling in the "proximity zones"
Number of Residences - A count of the number of residential properties in each Community Council area, weighted depending upon the proximity zone in which they fall.
Distribution of Funds*
- Local Fund - all of the first £100,000 and the 55% share of funds above that level will accrue to Local Funds. These may be under arrangements already in place such as Trust Funds set up by communities or may be held by other national organisations such as Scottish Community Foundation on behalf of communities. These arrangements will be decided in consultation with local communities.
- Area Fund - the next 30% will accrue to Area Funds comprised as follows:
Caithness (Wards 2,3 and 4)
Sutherland (Wards 1 and 5)
Easter Ross (Wards 7 and 8)
Dingwall and Black Isle (Wards 9 and 10)
West and mid Ross (Ward 6)
Skye (Ward 11)
Lochaber (Wards 12 and 22)
Inverness (Wards 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 20)
Nairn and Ardersier (Wards 18 and 19)
Badenoch & Strathspey (Ward 21)
- Highland Trust Fund - the remaining 15% will accrue to a Highland Trust Fund established by the Council using arrangements that allow democratic accountability and decision 4 making. They will be accessible for communities and organisations across Highland into which they can make applications.
* 'Guidance on the application of The Highland Council Community Benefit Policy for Communities and for Developers of onshore and offshore renewable energy developments'. February 2013.