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FIFERS wanting to learn more about the region’s first commercial wind farm development are being invited to two information sessions next week.

The company behind the scheme, Kennedy Renewables, will host the events at Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road in Dunfermline on September 19.

The move comes after construction started on the Little Raith Wind Farm, on land next to the A92 near Lochgelly, last month.

The project features nine turbines and is scheduled to be completed by October 2012.

The turbines will be supplied by GE Energy and the wind farm will have a total capacity of 24.75 megawatts of green energy - enough to supply power to 14,500 homes.

Phase one

The first phase of works, which will last until December, will include the building of roads and infrastructure as well as the construction of a substation to allow Scottish Power to energise the site.

The first information session is business-focused and will run from 3.00 to 5.00 p.m. The aim of the event is to provide an overview of the jobs and investment the wind farm will bring to the area.

It will also look at the renewable energy sector in Fife and Scotland as a whole including the jobs and training opportunities already created locally.

The session will also be attended by local politicians.

It will cover Community Benefit Funds - what they bring to a community and how they can be managed.

It will run from 6.00 to 8.00 p.m. and representatives from Auchtertool and Lochgelly Community Councils will be on hand to discuss their experiences of setting up a Development Trust and a community benefit fund.

The councils are represented on the Trust, which will decide how to allocate the funds that have been committed by Kennedy Renewables.

There will also be an opportunity at both events to meet the team behind Little Raith Wind Farm including Stephen Klein, CEO of Kennedy Renewables and representatives from project manager, Wind Prospect, and principal contractor RJ McLeod.