Wind farm Community Fund open for applications

GeorgeCommunity News, Construction

The final turbine has been erected at Pen Bryn Oer Wind Farm in Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, in South Wales, and the site is now generating clean, efficient green energy.

The Pen Bryn Oer Wind Farm is expected to generate over 17000MW hours of electricity per year on average, enough to power more than 4300 households.

Now that the wind farm is operational, local groups and community projects can benefit from the wind farm’s annual Community Fund, a commitment made over the next 25 years by the project owner and managed by us as the the project’s asset managers.

We will make index-linked payments of £30,000 every year, and projects within the community council areas of Rhymney and Tredegar can apply for grants from the fund. The Fund will be administered by grant-making Charity GrantScape, and local groups are encouraged to apply through their webpage, http://www.grantscape.org.uk/fund/penbrynoercbf/

A local Advisory Group has been established to help decide how the grants will be awarded. The Group is looking for two further local residents to join them, one from each of the two Community Council areas. If you are interested in helping decide how this money will be allocated please see GrantScape’s website for further details.

There are two closing dates each year to apply to, each with £15,000 up for grabs. The first deadline for applications is 11 April 2018.

Stephen Booth, REG Power Management’s Construction and Operations Director, said: “REG Power Management is committed to supporting the local areas and communities where we operate and are delighted this fund is now open. Over the next 25 years, we are sure the Fund will make a significant difference and legacy to community life, and we look forward to seeing the first set of applications coming forward from local groups.”

For more information about the Fund, please visit GrantScape website or call the Grant Team on 01908 247630.