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Aikengall II Community Wind Farm opens 1.25M Community Fund - 4th January 2019

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Community Windpower Ltd (CWL) is delighted to announce that the Aikengall II Community Wind Farm fund for Preston and Abbey St Bathans in Scottish Borders is now open.

The first payment of £45,500 was handed over to the Preston and Abbey St Bathans Community Trust (PACT) team last month and the fund is now open for applications.

Aikengall II Community Wind Farm, set high on the Eastern fringes of the Lammermuirs on the border of East Lothian and Scottish Borders, will provide over £7.5m to its host communities throughout its operational life.

PACT was set up through Preston and Abbey St Bathans Community Council and is one of the 5 host community councils that will receive an equal share of the £250,000 annual Community funding from the wind farm. BeGreen, Community Windpower’s energy advice centre in Dunbar also receives an additional £50,000 annually. BeGreen and Community Windpower have donated over £1m of funding since the first operational wind farm, Aikengall, in 2009.

Wendy Reid, Chair of PACT said. ‘We are delighted that we have now reached this important stage in the benefit cycle and look forward to working with Community Windpower – this cash injection will kick start the village hall project and allow the ambitions of the community to be fulfilled.’

Wendy continued, ‘the fund is now open via our website and we welcome applications from community groups or individuals from our local area to carry out projects that will benefit the wider community or provide environmental improvements.’

The fund can be accessed through the PACT website – www.pactrust.org.uk – and using the Aikengall II Wind Farm tab from the ‘Grant Scheme’ menu.

Rob Fryer, Director of CWL added, ‘We have been active in the area for a number of years through our wind farms and our BeGreen initiative based in Dunbar and are delighted that folk in Abbey can now access their own fund. We are looking forward to working with the other host communities around the wind farm to progress their own Community funds in the coming months. It is great that the host communities can see real tangible benefits in their areas, provided from the wind farm on the hill. This is in addition to the economic benefits during the construction and the environmental benefits during operation; the turbines should be seen as a symbol of a low carbon economy. Aikengall IIa is due to be constructed in 2019 and will further increase the economic, community and environmental benefits to the area and Scotland as a whole.’

The recent edition of ‘East Coast Today’, a free community newspaper distributed throughout the area and available on line at Community Windpower’s website, highlights the positive impact the wind farm and BeGreen are having in the local area. With this additional funding this is set to increase dramatically and assist even more folk in the communities around the wind farm.

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