Four townships in the Western Isles are hoping to take advantage of a £600 million auction to develop community-owned wind farms. The townships – Sandwick North Street, Sandwick East Street, Aignish, and Melbost and Branahuie – have announced their intention to bid in the Contract for Differences (CfD) auction for renewables subsidies next May. They have lodged applications with the Crofting Commission for permission to go ahead with the developments on their common grazing lands. It is believed to be the first time any community organisations will bid for a subsidy in the CfD scheme, which was set up primarily for multinationals to help offset the extra costs that come with developing technologies. The townships will be bidding in the remote island wind category and will be going head to-head against bigger schemes planned for the Hebridean island.
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