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CWL provide second instalment of Community Benefit payment from their Calder Water project

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Community Windpower are delighted to have paid their second instalment for year 2 of community benefit payments to South Lanarkshire Councils Renewable Energy Fund (REF) for our Calder Water Community Wind Farm. A total of £51,012 was paid bringing the grand total to almost £200,000 for capital projects within 10km of a participating renewable energy development.

The Renewable Energy Fund is coordinated and managed by South Lanarkshire Council and was set-up in order to receive and distribute money received from onshore renewable energy developments within the South Lanarkshire boundary.

Therefore, communities, community groups and projects within a 10 km radius of Calder Water Community Wind Farm are encouraged to apply to South Lanarkshire Council for funding which will be allocated from the Calder Water REF. There are two options available to those making an application:

  • Main Renewable Energy Fund - grants over £10,000 up to 60% of total 'eligible' costs; and
  • Developing Local Communities Fund - grants of less than £5,000 and up to 100% of total 'eligible' costs for smaller community-based projects.

Recent beneficiaries of the Calder Water REF include:

  • Strathaven Evangelical Church - Refurbishment of building to encourage greater use of enhanced facilities within the community;
  • Strathaven Tennis Club - Upgrading of courts including drainage and floodlighting at Strathaven Park and;
  • Auldgirth and Chapelton Community Counci - Design and implementation of a new play park.

Applications from outside the 10km radius will be considered if it can be demonstrated that the people who will benefit live inside the eligible area. Any grants awarded would be proportional to the percentage of residents who would benefit from the project.

Community Windpower Limited are keen to see communities and local groups benefit from this funding and encourage groups to be proactive and make an application in order to receive financial support to help them achieve their goals and/or support services which need continuous funding. However, this fund will continue on an annual basis for the lifetime of the wind farm, typically 25 years, thus Calder Water Wind Farm will have a significant positive impact on local communities.

Please visit http://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/info/200168/getting_involved_in_your_community/744/renewable_energy_fund for more information.

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