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Community Windpower funding contributions surpass 30m


Since 2006, our host local Councils and local Communities across Scotland have benefited from over £30 million in community benefits and council rates contributed by Community Windpower. Eight operational wind farms across East and West Scotland, with a combined generating capacity of 305MW, have contributed to this significant milestone.

2006 marked the establishment of Community Windpower’s economic and social presence in Scotland, with the construction and commissioning of our first wind farm, Dalry Community Wind Farm. Situated in North Ayrshire, the wind farm is comprised of six turbines which displace a total of 20,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Our most recently constructed wind farm, Aikengall IIa, forms an extension of our Aikengall and Aikengall II Community Wind Farms. Aikengall IIa is located on the border of East Lothian Council and Scottish Borders Council and has nineteen turbines and a total generating capacity of 81MW. Since becoming operational in 2021, the business rates for Aikengall IIa alone amount to almost £1 million.

Community benefits are a tenet of renewable energy projects in Scotland, and they form a central aspect of our identity as a community-minded and Scottish-focused green energy provider. Since 2006, we have delivered over £6.5 million in community benefits, and this figure will continue to grow as we pursue further renewable projects in Scotland. These funding contributions often provide lifelines within communities, for individual success stories to group sporting endeavours, village legacy projects and support for charities to help maintain the vital work within Scotland’s towns and cities. An impressive example is our 48MW Aikengall Community Wind Farm in East Lothian; Aikengall has been operational since 2009, and to date has provided over £1.5 million in community benefits.

Our community benefits delivery programme, co-ordinated through our BeGreen bases in Dalry and Dunbar, ensure that the funding makes a momentous difference to people and groups. Some notable community benefit stories include:

  • £250,000 donated to Preston and Abbey Community Trust, in the Scottish Borders, to re-build their village hall and make it a welcoming, functional, and energy-efficient place;
  • £100,000 contribution for a new Activity Centre for the Blair Girl Guides in Dalry, North Ayrshire;
  • CWL were the primary investors in a new Scout Hall in Dalry, contributing £100,000. The hall is now home to the 55th Dalry Scout Group, and will be enjoyed for many years;
  • Over £100,000 donated to North Ayrshire Foodbank throughout our close partnership since 2014, to support the vital work they do for children and families who require extra food support;
  • Over £72,000 to support the construction of a new village and community hub in Cockburnspath;
  • Through a huge physical exercise outreach programme alongside group Let’s Get Sporty, CWL funded over 2000 hours of free sports sessions to 1400 pupils across Dumfriesshire.

Rod Wood, Managing Director at Community Windpower, said: “Our commitment to Scotland, in terms of economic and social contributions, are deeply rooted in our identity as a green energy provider. We are incredibly proud of the community legacies we have created across East and West Scotland, and the personal relationships which are nurtured with every penny distributed from our windfarm community benefits funds. Our operational wind turbines are working for individuals of all ages, and charitable groups from every sector of life. This funding will never disappear, it will simply multiply as we seek to expand our green energy portfolio, thus allowing us to help even more worthy causes.”

Diane Wood, Community Benefits Director at Community Windpower, said: “Surpassing this total is a huge, and very rewarding, milestone for all of us at Community Windpower. Since the beginning, we have been solely community-minded, and every day we see the tangible difference which community benefits make to the people of Scotland. We have a close relationship with many selfless groups and charities who require community funding to support the work they do daily, monthly, and yearly in our host communities. We have seen how these charities and organisations flourish under our community benefits scheme, and we will be delighted to continue this support for years to come.”

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