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RES seeks to be a power for good in the communities that neighbour our projects by working openly and constructively to ensure tangible local benefits.

Some of the most direct and meaningful benefits that can be delivered from a project like this are jobs and employment for local businesses and contractors, in addition to the use of local skills, services, and amenities, all of which can generate a significant amount of inward investment into the area.

Cairnmore Hill is expected to deliver £2.2m - £2.8m of inward investment into the local area in the form of jobs, contracts and local spend and more information on this is provided below.

Involving the local supply-chain

RES is committed to ensuring that, wherever reasonably practicable, local contractors and employees are used in all aspects of wind farm development. The major opportunities arise during the construction phase when suitably qualified local firms are invited to bid for different aspects of construction, such as foundation laying and electrical works. Construction materials are normally sourced locally (i.e. within the county) and local transport and plant hire companies used wherever possible.

Caithness has a fantastic variety of businesses that have extensive experience and skills in wind farm development including local engineering firms, local quarries, local plant and crane hire and of course the local harbour at Scrabster which has received turbine components for a number of other wind farm developments on the north coast. 

RES is keen to hear from local businesses who may be able to offer skills and services during the construction of Cairnmore Hill Wind Farm. More information on this is provided in the "Opportunities for local businesses" section below.

Local Income

Expenditure in the local economy during the development, construction and operation of wind farms varies from project to project due to various factors including project size, project duration and the availability of local suppliers. In recent years, RES has seen typical spend with local stakeholders, suppliers and service providers in the region of £279,000 per wind turbine during the development, construction and first year of project operation. In some cases, it has been possible to significantly improve on this number.

Cairnmore Hill Wind Farm is expected to deliver £2.2 - £2.8 million of inward investment into the local area in the form of jobs, contracts and local spend. 

The case studies below help demonstrate RES' commitment to working with the local supply chain and maximising inward investment wherever possible on its wind farm projects:

  • Freasdail Wind Farm, Argyll and Bute

RES' Freasdail wind farm on the Kintyre peninsular in Argryll and Bute was commissioned in March 2017. Consisting of 11 turbines, the 22.55MW project has injected £6.5 million into the Argyll and Bute economy through working closely with the local supply chain - with £4.21 million being spent with local contractors, £1.56 million on local materials, £0.36 million on local supplies and services and £0.21 on local accomodation.

  • Glenchamber Wind Farm, Dumfries and Galloway

RES' Glenchamber wind farm near New Luce, Kirkcowan and Glenluce, was commissioned in October 2016. Consisting of 11 turbines, the 27.5MW project delivered a considerable £8 million of inward investment and employed 45 local people during construction leading to upskilling of the local workforce.

Opportunities for local businesses


At present the proposal is in development and expected to be submitted towards the end of 2018.