The company has offered those closest to the wind farm – within 4km – the opportunity to reduce their energy bills either through a contribution to their electricity bill or by offering home energy efficiency grants.
The investor in the EUR 189 million project is Israel-based Enlight Renewable Energy, the company that has acquired three wind farms in the Balkan region .The Kovačica wind farm will supply 60,000 households with electricity and reduce CO2 emissions by almost 250,000 tonnes per year, the EBRD said in a press release.
The firm claims the community benefit package could bring the equivalent of to up to £3.5 million to the area over 25 years.
In addition, Wind2 has been exploring potential opportunities for the communities around the site to acquire a direct stake of up to 5% in the project.
With an installed capacity of up to 28 MW, the proposed South Kilbraur wind farm will be delivered without any public subsidy, with the potential to generate sufficient electricity to meet the needs of around 22,000 homes and offset 39,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
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The wind farm would comprise seven wind turbines, each with a maximum blade tip height of 149.9 metres.