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Wind farm exhibition generates debate in Borders  

Credit:  Border Telegraph | 27 Sep 2014 | www.bordertelegraph.com ~~

A public exhibition is to be held next week into a proposed wind farm in the Scottish Borders.

West Coast Energy want to build 10 turbines at Weetroot near Westruther in Berwickshire.

The developers will outline plans for a community benefit fund at the exhibition which is being held at Westruther Village Hall on Tuesday (September 30).

This would amount to an annual guaranteed payment of £5000 for each megawatt of installed generation, index-linked for the operational lifetime of the development.

It is also proposed that some of the community fund be targeted towards tackling fuel poverty in the area through West Coast Energy’s partnership agreement with Energy Action Scotland, the national fuel poverty charity.

West Coast planning and public affairs director Steve Salt said: “The proposed development will bring a range of benefits and opportunities to local groups and businesses, and we feel that by engaging at this early stage we can deliver a proposal that really meets the needs of local people.”

Source:  Border Telegraph | 27 Sep 2014 | www.bordertelegraph.com

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