End to onshore wind support ‘puts £10m under threat’

The UK Government’s decision to end support for onshore wind could threaten £10 million of investment at a Scottish eco park. The government is scrapping subsidises for new onshore wind projects in April 2016 – […]

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The UK Government’s decision to end support for onshore wind could threaten £10 million of investment at a Scottish eco park.

The government is scrapping subsidises for new onshore wind projects in April 2016 – a year earlier than expected.

Binn Eco Park, a former landfill site, is now home to waste recovery, recycling facilities and an anaerobic digestion plant.

It claims 100 future jobs at the site in Perthshire are also at risk.

The park had plans to develop a business park, food production facilities and a training centre – but they have been put on hold as it can’t import the electricity it needs from the national grid.

Binn Eco Park claims it must use expensive diesel generators to produce power.

It is hoping the proposal to install four wind turbines next to the current site will be determined by planners in July.

Without the low cost, clean energy the renewable source will provide, plans for the site will not proceed as expected, it said.

John Ferguson, Head of Strategy at Binn Eco Park, added: “This isn’t just about construction jobs, it’s about long-term sustainable employment in a rural area and it’s about cleaning up the carbon emissions from our business.”

The company has already committed more than £10 million to the scheme.

Around £3 billion Scottish investment could also be lost due to the early closure.