Wind Farm extension benefits local projects

Twelve local projects, including Mearns FM and three Church’s – Arbuthnott Parish, Bervie Parish and West Mearns Parish - have, between them, been awarded nearly £85,000 from the Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms community benefit fund. The successful applicants include a variety of local committees, churches and societies*.

This year, as a result of Twinshiels Wind Farm becoming operational in June 2004, the Means Area Partnership has been able to administer larger funds from the community benefit fund.

Applications for funding were assessed for suitability by a panel made up of representatives from Mearns Area Partnership, Kincardineshire Development Partnership and representatives from Arbuthnott, Mearns, Gourdon, Royal Burgh of Inverbervie and Benholm and Johnshaven Community Councils.

Susie Brown from Mearns Area Partnership commented: ‘We are pleased to facilitate this funding for local groups which this year attracted over thirty applications. The fund has been in place for the last four years and it has made a significant difference to a large number of bodies. We appreciate that those who were unsuccessful will be disappointed but careful consideration was given to each application based on the fund’s criteria. There will be another opportunity to apply next year.”

The fund is aimed at backing community and voluntary organisations that support children, young people and the vulnerable under the areas of sustainability, health, heritage, regeneration and environmental. The Tullo Wind Farm community benefit fund has been in place since 2011 and, since this latest round of funding, has benefitted more than 50 local projects. Renewable energy company, Eneco own and operate the The Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms.

For further information about the Mearns Area Partnership and how to apply please visit www.mearnsareapartnership.org.uk.

For further information, please contact Seona Shuttleworth on 01926 331217 or seona.shuttleworth@eneco.com.

NOTE TO EDITORS
*The list of successful applicants is:
Fettercairn Public Properties Committee;
Johnshaven Village Hall Committee;
Arbuthnott Community Association;
Laurencekirk Gala Committee
Friends of the Grassic Gibbon Centre
Arbuthnott Parish Church
Bervie Parish Church
Marykirk Hall Management Committee
West Mearns Parish Church (Auchenblae)
Mearns FM
Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society
Laurencekirk Christmas Lights Fund

About Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms:
The fund available for the Tullo Wind Farm (17MW) is £1,000 (index linked) per megawatt of installed capacity. The fund available for the Twinshiels Wind Farm (25MW) is £2,750 (index linked) per megawatt of installed capacity. The Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms Community Fund is taken directly from wind farm profits.

About Eneco UK Ltd:
Eneco UK (www.eneco.co.uk) is based in Warwick and headed by Director, Guy Madgwick. The UK wind portfolio includes Scottish onshore projects: Tullo and Tullo II Wind Farms, fully operational with a combined generating capacity of 42MW, located in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire; Burn of Whilk Wind Farm (22.5MW) located west of Wick, Caithness – currently under construction; Moy Wind Farm (60MW) in The Highlands – currently under construction; Lochluichart Wind Farm (69MW) in The Highlands – fully operational and Macritch Hill, a proposed 54MW wind farm located in Angus that is being developed in partnership with Scottish Water. Eneco is also a 50:50 development partner in the Navitus Bay offshore wind project located to the west of the Isle of Wight. In November 2013, the company acquired its first solar project in the UK - the 10MW Sevor Solar Farm near South Marston, Swindon.