Energy giant offers £3m funding for communities
The energy giant behind a controversial north-east wind farm will offer £3 million to the community.
Vattenfall, which operates the 11-turbine Aberdeen Bay development, will open the first applications for the community benefit fund payment today.
The company announced it will invest £150,000 each year in communities and organisations over the 20year lifespan of the project through the Unlock Our Future Fund.
Last night, resident Edna Booth, who had fought against the wind farm and the disruption the substation caused Blackdog, said she was pleased the community would get something back.
“I’m very pleased to see this happening,” she said.
“Although I was disappointed in the way they (Vattenfall) handled a lot of things – we have had lorries going up and down our roads for two years – I’m very pleased they are putting money back into the community.”
A local panel will decide how to use the money in the community and charity management firm Foundation Scotland will be the administrator of the fund.
Natalie Ghazi, Vattenfall’s liaison officer for Aberdeen Bay, said: “Over the last couple of years we have been working with local stakeholders and community organisations to shape the £3m Unlock Our Future Fund so that it delivers on the needs of local people from across the city and shire.”
To support applicants a series of application dropin sessions will be held at Balmedie, Inverurie, Stonehaven, Fraserburgh and Aberdeen this month.
The 11-turbine Aberdeen Bay development