E.ON Rosehall Community Fund and SSE Achany Community Fund

 

A children’s party held in the new space at the Bradbury Centre for children from Bonar Bridge nursery and primary school (Primary 1).This case study looks at arrangements for two community benefit funds supporting activity in three communities in central Sutherland: Lairg, Criech, and Ardgay and District. The funds have provided a significant platform for community-led regeneration in an area that was at risk of economic and social decline.

Fund name: E.ON Rosehall Community Fund
Fund donor: E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Developments Limited
Related renewable energy scheme: Rosehall Wind Farm, 24.7 MW installed capacity
Technology: Onshore wind
Fund value: £2,500 per MW per year installed, totalling £61,750 per year (index linked) for the operational lifetime of the wind farm
Year of fund commencement: 2012
Fund area of benefit: The community council areas of Lairg, Criech, and Ardgay and District
Fund administrator: Foundation Scotland

Fund name: SSE Achany Community Fund
Fund donor: Scottish and Southern Electricity Renewables (SSE)
Related renewable energy scheme: Achany Wind Farm, 38MW installed capacity
Technology: Onshore wind
Fund value: £2,000 per MW per year installed, totalling £76,000 per year (index linked) for the operational lifetime of the wind farm, plus a fixed donation of £19,000 per year to run an apprenticeship scheme (which replaced a Variable Payment of up to 2.5% of any Recycling Payments per Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) generated by the Wind Farm during each Obligation Period).
Year of fund commencement: 2010
Fund area of benefit: The community council areas of Lairg, Criech, and Ardgay and District
Fund administrator: SSE Renewables

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