Pre-construction is now underway at the Quixwood Moor Wind Farm between Gavinton and Duns, and local contractors have been called in to carry out some of the site investigation work.
Banks Renewables, the Hamilton based wind energy firm behind the project, committed to using local firms, wherever possible during the planning application stage and that commitment is now being realised with some of the earliest contracts being awarded to Borders businesses.
The 13 turbine wind farm will generate up to 29.9MW of energy per year once fully operational. In total, local businesses will have the opportunity to bid for approximately £6.4 million in contracts during its construction.
Miles Crossley, senior business development manager at Banks Renewables said: “The input and feedback of local families and business was of crucial importance during the development phase of the wind farm so it’s great to see this economic benefit being realised at such an early stage.”
Banks Renewables is committed to establishing a Quixwood wind Farm Community Fund, which would direct some of the revenues towards community projects.
The fund is expected to see at least £2.5 million ring-fenced for the local community groups.