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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Windfarm builder keen to use Cumbrian firms

Cumbrian businesses are being urged to grab a slice of £3.5 million of work on a proposed windfarm near Whitehaven.

Banks Renewables wants to build the six turbine Weddicar Rigg development about a mile outside Moresby Parks.

The Durham firm expects to find out soon whether its application for planning consent has been approved.

In the meantime, bosses have pledged to use local companies where possible on the £17m scheme.

They want to meet potential suppliers and are holding a ‘meet the buyer’ event at the Lakes College, Lillyhall, on Monday.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “Our renewable energy schemes are designed to bring a wide range of benefits to the community. A significant part of that is the availability of contracts.

“Our approach will create and sustain local employment and lead to further capital coming into the area for everything from equipment and materials through to fuel, accommodation and food.

“We’ve awarded contracts to Cumbrian companies around other wind farms we’ve built and we know there is a lot of valuable expertise in the area.

“Monday’s event is the first of its kind we’ve held in advance of a wind farm planning application being approved. We’re keen to find out as much as we can about local businesses so that we can move quickly when we get the positive outcome that we believe our proposals merit.”

Banks submitted plans for the development to Copeland council last November. Copeland’s planning committee is expected to rule on the submission in “late spring”.

The windfarm would have the capacity to produce 12MW of electricity, enough to power 9,500 homes.

Monday’s event takes place between 1pm and 4pm. To book email weddicarrigg@banksgroup.co.uk or call 0844 209 1515.

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