Wind farms’ benefit fund supports more local projects in its fifth year running

Eleven local projects, including Brighter Bervie and two scout groups - Laurencekirk and Inverbervie – have, between them, been awarded nearly £92,000 from the Tullo & Twinshiels Wind Farms community benefit fund. The successful applicants include a collection of local groups, committees and churches*.

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

Jerry Joynson, a panel member representing Gourdon Community Council commented: "On behalf of the panel, I would like to thank all applicants for their submissions to the funding panel this year. It is good to see the range and quality of submissions improving year on year. The panel would encourage groups in the community to continue to apply for funding and take advantage of the monies being made available. We would also like to remind those who apply for funding to submit the relevant documentation that is requested, otherwise applications may not be considered by the panel."

Successful applicant, Janette Anderson on behalf of Luthermuir Village Improvement Group has said: “We were overwhelmed when we were told our application was successful. The money received from the Tullo & Twinshiels Wind Farms community benefit fund will be used to complete the restoration of an ancient footpath, known locally as ‘The Backie’. This will allow everyone in the village and visitors to the village, who enjoy the outdoors, a traffic free and safe environment. The completed path will be suitable for walking, jogging, running and cycling. It will also be accessible for prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs.”

From July of this year, applicants can apply for funding using the electronic application form located on the Mearns Area Partnership website. Alternatively, hard copy application forms are available from the Mearns Area Partnership office in Laurencekirk; telephone 07984 235329.

The fund, administered by Mearns Area Partnership, is aimed at championing 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 was bolstered in 2014 as a result of Twinshiels Wind Farm becoming operational. Combined, the fund has benefitted more than 60 projects in the local area. Renewable energy company, Eneco own and operate the Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms which are located in Laurencekirk.

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

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For further information please contact Michelle Giblin on 01926 331 229 or michelle.giblin@eneco.com.


Note to editors

*The successful applicants are:

  • Friends of the Grassic Gibbon Centre
  • Brighter Bervie
  • Luthermuir Village Improvement Group
  • Marykirk Management Committee
  • Arbuthnott Community Association
  • Laurencekirk Scout Group
  • Laurencekirk Church of Scotland
  • Inverbervie Scout Group
  • Benholm and Johnshaven Community Council
  • St Cyrus Hall Committee
  • Auchenblae Parks Committee

About Tullo & 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 & 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, Zoisa Walton. Eneco UK is a sustainable business in renewable generation, incorporating both large-scale onshore wind and solar assets. Since 2008, the business has built an impressive portfolio of five wind farms in Scotland amounting to over 200 MW of capacity. In 2013 Eneco opened an additional office in Dochfour, near Inverness to support this growing portfolio in Scotland. The Warwick based company supplies high profile businesses including Mars, Heineken, AkzoNobel, Unilever, and Scottish Water. The 10 MW solar project, based in Swindon provides an innovative direct supply to Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM).

After building a successful asset base, Eneco UK moved into the retail market with partners Co-operative Energy launching a new domestic tariff in May 2016. The company continues to work with partners to offer sustainable energy solutions for both businesses and consumers.