Surrounding communities are set to receive £60,000 a year from the company that bought Barmoor Wind Farm project.
EDF Energy Renewables has committed to donating a portion of income generated from the six-turbine wind farm to local communities through a community benefit fund.
Once the fund is established, the wind farm will pay in £5,000 per megawatt every year over the anticipated 20 year lifetime of the project. This will provide a dedicated fund of £60,000 each year to support local initiatives, activities and events.The company intends to consult with local parish councils and other groups about how to best administer the fund for Barmoor.
EDF Energy Renewables’ director of onshore and M&A Matthieu Hue said: “We take a long-term approach to the wind farms we develop - we see ourselves as part of the communities in which we operate, not just today but also for the future.
“Our aim is to work with and support local communities, and funds such as the one we’re setting up for Barmoor can make a real difference to those living and working near our sites.
“We’re looking forward to discussing with local people how best to administer this fund. After all they’re the ones who will know best where the need is locally and how the fund might be put to best use.”
The project site located between Ford and Lowick was developed by Force 9 Duke Energy and Statkraft UK Limited. EDF Energy Renewables announced the deal to buy the project last month.
The 12 megawatt scheme will incorporate six turbines with a height, from ground to the tips of the blades, of 110 metres and will produce enough low carbon electricity to supply the average annual electricity needs of up to 6,400 homes.