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Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund

  • Date published: 11/07/22

Foundation Scotland, working on behalf of Highland Wind Limited, is carrying out consultation on the development of a community benefit fund for the Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm.

Community Benefit Fund

The fund would likely become available during the commissioning of the floating wind array project. The fund will support local projects that are focused on climate-smart initiatives.

'Inform and Inspire' Events

Foundation Scotland would like to invite local people to join an online information session to hear about the development of a Fund and Projects which contribute to a climate smarter world with sustainability at their core. These sessions may be of particular interest to people living or working in the proposed fund area for the potential new fund, which would likely become available on commissioning of the Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm being Developed by Highland Wind Limited. 

The online information sessions will offer an opportunity to hear from people who live or work near the Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm, which provides the ‘Unlock Our Future Fund’. Guest speakers will include:

  • Panel members of the Aberdeenshire fund to illustrate how and why the fund was established
  • Foundation Scotland will discuss how the fund operates
  • Two beneficiaries of the Aberdeenshire fund will discuss how they've been able to take forward their projects thanks to the monies provided. Representatives of the Tarland Development Group will share their experience of developing an education building with a green roof which is enhancing local biodiversity - particularly in supporting bee populations. Representatives of the Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust will share their experience of greening leisure activities.

The session will be made available twice, with the first session being held on the 20th July at 2.20pm. The second session will be held on the 21st July at 7pm. Both sessions are online, and the zoom link can be requested through Foundation Scotland by emailing eilidh@foundationscotland.org.uk or phoning Eilidh on 07801 530218. 

Skills Development

The Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm is also supporting an Education and Training Fund, which will provide scholarships to select students from Thurso and Farr High Schools who are going on to higher education and training courses focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Renewable Energy. We are working with the high schools directly to deliver this. The first awards were made in June 2022.

Contact information

Contact name

Eilidh Coll, Community Funds Adviser