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Banks Renewables submits fresh New Cumnock wind farm plans

Revised plans for a community-backed wind farm that could positively transform the local economy have been submitted following a careful redesign.

Hamilton-based employer, Banks Renewables, has amended plans for the Lethans Wind Farm in order to boost the amount of clean, green energy generated, while maintaining its commitments for a 22-turbine site.

Situated east of New Cumnock, the plans will optimise the electrical generating efficiency of the site and supply an estimated 105.6MW of energy to the National Grid – enough to power over 90,000 homes.

The new proposal looks to increase the site’s lifespan from 25 to 30 years, as well as increase the height and the rotor diameter of the turbines, allowing the firm to invest even more in the local community.

Communities within 10 kilometres of Lethans would benefit from a £7.1 million local community benefit fund; a £1.3m skills and training fund to help around 440 local unemployed people overcome barriers to work; £250,000 contribution towards new mountain bike trails on the Lethans site; £7.1m contribution East Ayrshire Council’s Renewable Energy Fund; as well offering the local community the opportunity to purchase up to a 5% share in the wind farm.

Jeannie Kielty, community relations manager at Banks Renewables, said the updated plans “reflect our commitment to delivering real, long-lasting benefits to East Ayrshire”.