Lewis wind farm trust wins national award
Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust is celebrating after winning UK Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year at the UK Social Enterprise Awards last week.
Wind farm developer Calum MacDonald picked up the award at the glittering event in Guildhall, London, and admitted he was ‘very surprised’ but ‘delighted’ to have won. It is Point and Sandwick Trust’s second award this month, their third this year and their fourth so far.
They were automatically shortlisted for the UK Environmental Social Enterprise Award after winning in that category at the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards, held in the Scottish Parliament on November 6. The award recognises the innovation and success of Point and Sandwick Trust in operating a commercial business for social good. And the economic power of social enterprise was made clear at the awards ceremony with the revelation that social enterprise companies in Britain pay more tax than Amazon, Google and Facebook combined.
The Environmental Social Enterprise award was the first category to be announced and Calum admitted he was ‘very surprised’ to hear Point and Sandwick Trust’s name called out.
But he added: ‘I’m delighted, really delighted. It’s a great testament that the achievements of Point and Sandwick Trust are being recognised across the UK. It’s great encouragement for all other communities that want to develop their own community wind farm schemes. Also, it’s a recognition of the achievements of all the community-owned companies in the Western Isles.
‘We have the biggest community-owned scheme in Britain and it’s just so sad the council and others do not recognise the strength of these community schemes from Barra up to Ness.’
The community wind farm organisation, which runs the Beinn Ghrideag wind farm near Stornoway with the sole aim of ploughing all the profits back into the community, had also been shortlisted in the category of Social Enterprise of the Year.
The month’s two awards from the social enterprise sector follow previous ones from the renewables and charities sectors.
Calum MacDonald picks up the award on behalf of the trust during the glittering event in London’s Guildhall last week.