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.

children and adults at Bradbury Centre

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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