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Bank targets new wind project

Friday 21 December 2012 5:00

North East mining and renewables company the Banks Group has submitted plans for a new wind turbine project in Scotland.

The Durham firm’s renewables arm is reportedly looking to build 10 turbines in Dumfries and Galloway near a village called Twynholm in Kirkcudbrightshire.

The firm recently applied for permission to install a wind speed measuring mast at the site and now intends to consult with local communities including Borgue, Castle Douglas, Gatehouseof Fleet, Kelton, Kirkcudbright, Tongland and Twynholm.

Banks Renewables director Colin Anderson was quoted as saying: “The Banks team has embarked on the first series of meetings with these communities to gauge interest in the idea of a community wind farm partnership. Such a partnership would see communities earn a share of windfarm revenues, with an option to buy equity.”

Banks Renewables say that if successful, the scheme could generate as much as 34MW – enough energy to power up to 19,000 homes a year.