Tralorg offer community benefit money

A WINDFARM developer has offered to pay Girvan’s community council £5,000 per megawatt of energy generated if its development goes ahead.

PNE Wind plans to build a windfarm at Tralorg of around 20 megawatts in installed capacity with a current proposal of around eight turbines of between 100m and 126.5m in turbine tip height.

Girvan and District community council chairman Alec Clark told a meeting of the council last week that the offer from PNE Wind amounts to at least twice as much as any benefit paid to any community through a windfarm development.

Mr Clark said: “This is a benefit for Girvan, but only if the development goes ahead. It still has the planning process to go through and only if it gets permission will the money be paid. We are looking at ways to try and split that money and distribute it through the Carrick Futures fund.

“We are also looking at ways of having some of that money paid up front to go towards the South Carrick regeneration. It is a considerable sum of money and would be good for the community.”

PNE Wind plan to submit a formal planning application to South Ayrshire Council by the end of the summer this year and held a series of exhibitions in June showing local residents how the project has evolved since March.

Meetings in Dailly Community Centre, between 10am and 2pm, and Pinwherry Community Centre, between 4pm and 8pm, will be held on Monday, June 20. An exhibition in Girvan will be held on the following day between 4pm and 8pm in the Carrick Buildings.

A spokesman for PNE said: “As a result of the wide range of environmental surveys, technical contraints and community consultation the layout of the windfarm has been revised down from nine to eight turbines.

“PNE Wind UK now believes that the current site design represents the best practical environment option for the constraints at the proposed Tralorg site.”