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By Donald Turvill
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Windfarm firm release project video

DEVELOPERS of the proposed Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm have released a new video detailing their planning submission to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit.

Community Windpower want to install 75 turbines on a site approximately 5 km south east of Moffat and 11 km north east of Lockerbie.

They argue the project will boost the local economy by £1.8 billion, create around 250 jobs, and provide thousands of local homes with green energy.

The new ten minute video, titled ‘Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm, post-submission information video’ has been released in place of cancelled public exhibitions that were due to take place in April.

It aims to respond to concerns raised by members of affected communities who have recently called on the developers to provide better quality information for locals.

Senior projects manager at Community Windpower, Steve Milburn, who is leading the project, said the developers are “providing as many options for the public to view information on the proposal as possible, while adhering to Government guidelines.”

He added: “This video is part of our continued dialogue with local people from all communities during these unprecedented times.

“Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm will provide huge economic and social benefits to Dumfries and Galloway, both during construction and the 40-year operational lifetime.

“However, the benefits of this project are not just limited to directly supporting jobs during the post-Covid Green Recovery, it will also stimulate wider economic growth across the region and deliver 40 years of inward investment.

“It also provides an opportunity for the region to become a global leader in green energy projects, which will help kick-start the economy and fuel clean growth.

“Additionally, the opportunity to build a visitor centre for Scoop Hill will further provide significant long-term benefits, including jobs, education facilities, tourism and space to support people’s health and mental wellbeing.

“Energy storage facilities will be built within the wind farm, ensuring energy is stored during low demand and provide a more consistent level of power is supplied throughout its 40-year operational lifetime.”

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