AN initiative prioritising local communities and businesses is on its way to delivering a boost of more than £100 million to the economy of South Lanarkshire. Banks Renewables launched Connect2Renewables (C2R) in 2014 with the support of local communities and South Lanarkshire Council, aiming to maximise the social and economic benefits of the company’s wind farm developments in the area. Construction of the 88MW Kype Muir Wind Farm, south of Strathaven, is well under way, and it is now estimated the project will be worth more than £101m to the local economy. Firms based within 30km (18 miles) of the development have seen almost £20m of contracts come their way, including Drumclog Plant Hire, Hillhouse Quarry Ltd and KT Montgomery. Banks Renewables development director Colin Anderson said: “We’re very proud to know that the work we carry out will have long lasting and significant benefits for the local area. “A key part of Connect2Renewables is to ensure we use as many local contractors as possible, as we know this has a hugely positive knock-on effect for the local economy and the people living and working there. “The construction of Kype Muir Wind Farm will positively contribute to the area for a generation, with local community groups, shops, businesses and individuals seeing tangible benefits.” As well as its C2R commitments, Banks will work with South Lanarkshire Council and local communities to maximise the benefits delivered by the £11.5m of direct community funding flowing from the project. Kype Muir Wind Farm will also contribute nearly £30m in business rates over its lifetime that will support the council providing high-quality services to its communities. “Connect2Renewables is a ground-breaking initiative that is all about giving local people opportunities that they wouldn’t otherwise have,” said Anderson.
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