Discounts on Electricity Bills for Local Residents
By Leigh Teixeira
A company that specializes in renewable energy - ACS Renewables - wants to develop the Newton Marsh Extension Wind farm at the Bishopthorpe Farm. They’ve offered local residents a discount of a minimum of £100 each year towards their electricity bills.
Under ACS Renewables’ Green Energy Credit Scheme, round about 500 households near the wind farm in Tetney Lock, Tetney and Humberston will receive the discount which is a minimum of £100 each year. The scheme will run for the entire expected life span of the wind farm which is 25 years. Those who would benefit from the scheme wouldn’t need to change their suppliers. ACS Renewables refers to this as their new ground breaking initiative.
Mike Denny, the Operations Director of ASC Renewables said that after taking into consideration what the community has pointed out during their ongoing discussions, it’s clear the local residents need a reduction in their energy bills.
The company has decided to launch the Green Energy Credit Scheme to address this problem directly for those who are living close to the site of the wind farm. Mike said they are very proud to be the first to offer such a benefit.
ACS Renewables released a statement saying that the Green Energy Credit Scheme will run in addition to the ACS Renewables’ Community Benefit Fund to the value of £50 000 per annum. This means that the company will essentially be doubling their contributions to the community. This will be the largest contribution in the UK from a wind farm of this magnitude.
When you consider that there will be a yearly payment of £250 000 in local business rates with a projected £6 - £8 million in opportunities in the supply chain for local companies during the development and construction process. So in total, during its expected lifetime, the benefit to the local economy could be as much as £17 million.
In the next couple of months ACS Renewables will work closely with the local community, the Lincolnshire Community Foundation and the council to ascertain the potential of local projects which could be offered support from the Community Benefit Fund.
The company is committed to having a strong partnership with the local community and to find different ways for wind farms to offer benefits to the communities in which they are hosted. ACS Renewables wants to take steps towards helping communities cover the ever rising costs of their energy bills especially in the current economic situation.
Those who qualify for a discount from the scheme will receive more information on how to go about applying later this year. In September last year, ACS Renewables sent through an application to build a wind farm at Bishopthorpe farm consisting of 8 turbines to the East Lindsey District Council and is expecting a decision shortly.
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