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Don’t lose out – share in £28,000 of community benefit funding

01 July 2013

Local groups and charities looking for funding are being encouraged to apply to the An Suidhe Wind Farm Community Fund, prior to this year’s deadline of 9 September 2013

Operated by RWE npower renewables, An Suidhe Wind Farm, near Inveraray, contributes around £28,000 annually for the benefit of the communities of Furnace, Inveraray, Glenorchy, Innishail and Dalavich.

Around £90,000 has already been invested into a diverse range of community projects over the last three years, including £2565 to Inveraray Golf Club to improve its fairways and bunkers and to develop its junior programme and £2000 to the North Argyll Volunteer Car Scheme (NAVCS) which provides transport for the elderly in some of Argyll’s more remote areas.

The Loch Awe Safety Company also received a grant to support the purchase of thermal imaging equipment that can be deployed in case of emergency by trained volunteers and emergency services.

Alan Johnston from RWE npower renewables said: “Our community investment funds provide a valuable, long term, flexible and sustainable source of income which can address what is important to those communities bordering our wind farm. We are delighted to see this funding starting to make a difference in the communities surrounding An Suidhe Wind Farm and would encourage as many groups as possible to apply through Foundation Scotland prior to the closing date of 9 September 2013.”

RWE npower renewables’ An Suidhe Wind Farm Community Fund is administered by Foundation Scotland which also provides support and guidance to the local grant making panel.

Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Head of Community Investment at Foundation Scotland, said: “The decision about how funding is spent is made by people that know their community. By working with the panel made up of local representatives we can ensure money is spent strategically within the area to maximise lasting benefits for all.”

Grant applications are available to download from the Foundation Scotland website: /programmes/rwe-an-suidhe

The An Suidhe Wind Farm Community Fund supports communities living within a 10km radius of that site; in particular residents within the geographic areas represented by the Community Councils of Furnace, Inveraray, Glenorchy and Innishail (Eredine area only) and the Dalavich Improvement Group. 

Contact:

Alda Forbes, RWE npower renewables, 08450 71 7719

Louise Fyfe, RWE npower renewables, 08450 71 7720

Jacqui Morris, Foundation Scotland, 0141 341 4963

Editor’s notes

RWE npower renewables

RWE npower renewables is the UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy and one of the UK’s leading renewable energy developers and operators. We are committed to developing and operating renewable energy projects to produce sustainable electricity.

We operate 21 hydroelectric power schemes, 25 onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, including the UK’s first major offshore wind farm, North Hoyle. RWE npower renewables is currently constructing its first biomass CHP power plant in Scotland, and the 576 megawatt Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm, off the North Wales coast.

From development, to construction and operation, our 453 staff in area offices across Wales, Scotland and England work in close partnership with local communities and with companies. In 2012, renewable energy sites operated by RWE npower renewables invested nearly £1 million into communities across the UK. The investments made by RWE in the UK are creating substantial new jobs opportunities, developing the supply chain and, very importantly, helping the UK Government achieve the EU target of supplying 30% of electricity from renewables, by 2020.

RWE Innogy pools the renewable energy expertise and generating plant of the RWE Group. RWE Innogy is fully committed to growth in renewable energy across Europe, and has a current pan-European pipeline of 12GW. The UK will continue to play a significant role in the delivery of this pipeline.

RWE npower renewables is a sister company to RWE npower, a leading UK energy company with around 6.8 million customer accounts.

In Scotland RWE npower renewables operate 13 hydroelectric projects and 10 onshore wind projects. The company is also constructing the Markinch biomass CHP plant in Glenrothes, Fife, due to be completed in 2013.

RWE npower renewables has over 40 employees based in Scotland, with area offices in Perthshire and the Highlands. The company is also proud sponsor of Scotland’s oldest shinty club, Kingussie Shinty Club.

For further information about RWE npower renewables and RWE Innogy visit www.npower-renewables.com and www.rweinnogy.com. For further information about RWE npower visit http://www.rwe.com/web/cms/en/97798/rwe-npower/.

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