Boosting local economies

We want the local economies surrounding our renewables projects to thrive. At OnPath Energy we prioritise working with local businesses on our projects wherever possible and we provide training and jobs for local people.

Developing local supply chains

As part of our OnPath promise, we commit to contracting with local companies, organisations and groups wherever possible. We encourage local businesses to join our supply chain and strive to ensure our​ commitment to the local economy is enshrined in projects, our contracts and our partnerships. We have established​ a systematic approach to developing local supply chains and we seek out companies who are committed to similar values of working sustainably and ethically, spreading the benefits and economic opportunity of our project right the way through our value chain.

Guiding our suppliers to subcontract locally

We ensure that the installation and ongoing operation of our wind turbines is carried out by local firms and contractors wherever possible by guiding our suppliers towards​ hiring local subcontractors. 

As part of their contract with OnPath, our suppliers must commit to:

  • ​Issuing subcontracts to local firms, employ local people and buy local materials where practicable.
  • Including a statement of local economic impact in their tender, to which we attached the same importance as competence, health and safety and​ competitiveness.
  • All contractors or firms we employ must work with us to record how they​ perform against the commitments they made during the tender.​

We applied this approach when developing Kype Muir Wind​ Farm Extension, meaning our principal contractor​ R J McLeod spent around £12 million on local subcontractors throughout the build.

Headquartered in Glasgow, R J McLeod won the “balance of plant” contract for the Kype Muir Extension project and will directly employ around 30 people on the project, with around a further 50 or so employed by sub-contractors. 

“As part of our OnPath promise, we commit to contracting with local companies, organisations and groups wherever possible. We encourage local businesses to join our supply chain and strive to ensure our​ commitment to the local economy is enshrined in projects, our contracts and our partnerships. We have established​ a systematic approach to developing local supply chains and we seek out companies who are committed to similar values of working sustainably and ethically, spreading the benefits and economic opportunity of our project right the way through our value chain.”

Richard Dunkley CEO, OnPath Energy
Jamie Corser

“Being a Scottish company that’s been around since the 1950s, employing locally to sites is something we have always believed in and something Banks has always believed in. We’re very much on the same pageWe have established​ a systematic approach to developing local supply chains and we seek out companies who are committed to similar values of working sustainably and ethically, spreading the benefits and economic opportunity of our project right the way through our value chain.”

Jamie Corser Business Development Manager, RJ McLeod

Supporting Local Business

A just transition for business

Find out how we are creating a fair and inclusive transition to renewable energy. 

Creating long-term partnerships

See how we’ve created long-term partnerships over the years with companies that share our vision and values