Windfarm developer, RDS Element Power, has announced plans for a community benefit fund of more than £2 million for the Tullymurdoch wind farm, should it go ahead.
A planing application for the windfarm, which would comprise up to seven wind turbines located on the registered organic Tullymurdoch Farm 5.5km north west of Alyth, was submitted to Perth and Kinross Council in August last year.
If approved, RDS Element Power would make a contribution of £5000 per MW of installed capacity – estimated at 17.5MW – amounting to an annual payment of £87,500, totalling more than £2 million over the operating life of the windfarm.
The developers are also planning to hold a suppliers’ day to give local businesses the chance to register their details for inclusion in the tendering process should the wind farm get the go-ahead.
In a statement, Douglas Hendry of RDS Element Power said: “The suppliers’ day will provide an excellent opportunity for local businesses and business groups to meet with RDS Element Power and explore the opportunities to be involved in the construction of the windfarm.”
The company says that it is committed to “using local and regional contractors and services where possible” and hopes “that the event will attract a wide range of companies involved in everything from groundworks and concrete manufacture through to accommodation and catering”.
It is estimated that should consent be given, construction of the wind turbines will get underway next year with the production from the site also expected to commence in 2014.
A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council confirmed that the application is currently pending consideration by planners but that no date has been set for it being reported to committee.