Throughout the construction of the Lochluichart Wind Farm and extension project, Eneco committed to providing opportunities for local contractors and suppliers resulting in an estimated £3.5m investment in the local area.
Community benefit fund
A community fund has also been allocated that supports local projects throughout the lifetime of the wind farm. This is administered by the Lochluichart Community Trust (LCT), a charitable organisation established by Eneco, involving democratically elected members of the community to oversee the distribution of the fund. In addition, local residents have been offered the opportunity to receive green electricity at a discounted rate and those in close proximity of the wind scheme have been offered the option to a £250 rebate on their annual electricity bills.
Aultguish Tourism Bothy
Rather than investing in advertising and corporate sponsorship, Eneco UK instead creates legacy projects for the local communities for which its generating assets are based.
The Aultguish Tourism Bothy (Bothy) opened on 1 June 2015 and celebrates the panorama in which it is set. Located at The Aultguish Inn, the Bothy, a portakabin hosts information about the surrounding Highland landscape, past and present.
As The Spinny Turners is the latest addition to the landscape, it is also featured in the Bothy explaining how a wind farm works. A number of the photographs of the wind farm were taken by local people who took part in a competition to capture scenes of the modern Highland landscape.