WKN AG have signed an innovative and ground breaking Benefit Scheme for Sallachy which would well exceed the Highland Council’s recommendations for a Community Benefit Scheme over a 25 year period.
Around Sallachy we have identified strong local needs for:
- Jobs and skills training
- Affordable housing initiatives
- Better community transport
- Tourism development
The community benefit agreement will go a long way to aiding the communities in funding solutions to these community needs.
Community Council Benefit Scheme
Following consultations with Lairg, Creich and Ardgay and District Community Councils WKN AG we have now signed a fixed payment benefit scheme between the three community councils.
The fixed payment programme is based on the following:
- First 10 years: £3,000 MW – £2,310,000
- Next 7.5 years: £5,000 MW – £2,475,000
- Last 7.5 years: £7,500 MW – £3,712,500 TOTAL – £8,497,500
Wider Community Benefit Schemes
We had discussions with the North Highland College’s Environmental Research Institute, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands and Energy North regarding a graduate traineeship scheme and a supply side incubator for local businesses as well as the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust about helping the communities open up new housing opportunities in the area.
In October 2012 we were delighted to sign a tripartite agreement with Energy North and North Highland College’s Environmental Research Institute, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands in respect of a graduate placement scheme and supply side incubator at a small ceremony at UHI in Inverness. The partnership will bolster education and skills in the Highlands during the period of construction, should the wind farm be consented.
The graduate placement scheme will be funded by WKN to a minimum level of £100,000, managed by the Environmental Research Institute and supported by Energy North who will help promote graduate graduate placements from within their membership. The supply side incubator aims to aid local contractors who are currently operating as Tier 3 contractors to rise to Tier 2 or Tier 1 contractors by ensuring that any Tier 1 contractor is required to work with local companies during construction of the wind farm.
Full details of the partnership agreement can be found here on the signed partnership agreement.