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First instalment of £2.5m community benefit package from Calder Water Wind Farm - 31st October

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Community Windpower Ltd is delighted to confirm that our Calder Water Wind Farm’s first year of Community Benefit Funding of £97,500, has been paid to South Lanarkshire Council’s Renewable Energy Fund (REF). Over the 25 year life of the wind farm, this annual payment, which is index linked, will equate to approximately £2.5million.

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. The fund is used to help capital projects and communities within 10 km of a participating renewable energy development to improve their quality of life, the local economy and the local community.

Chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s Enterprise Services Committee, Councillor Chris Thompson, said:

I am delighted to welcome on board another Renewable Energy Fund that will have a long lasting and positive impact on the local community. We are simply responsible for the administration of the fund and it is of course the funding from Community Windpower Ltd that makes this possible.

Councillor Thompson continued, saying “I hope as many local groups and organisations as possible are made aware of the fund and if they are eligible, apply for what can be a significant sum of money.”

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.

The following groups are encouraged to contact the Council in order to learn more and make an application:

  • Public organisations and agencies;
  • Partnerships, trusts, co-operatives and other non-government organisations;
  • Community groups, associations or organisations;
  • Any business, co-operative or other trading enterprise located, or offering a service benefiting communities, within a 10 km radius of participating developments.

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.

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