EDF commit Barmoor project funds to local communities

April 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Wind Energy Tips

EDF Energy Renewables, which has recently acquired the Barmoor wind farm project, has committed to donating a portion of income generated from the 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 £60k each year to support local initiatives, activities and events.

Although EDF Energy Renewables apply some general principles to the structure of the community funds associated with the wind farms it operates, the company intends to consult with local parish councils and other groups about how to best administer the fund for Barmoor1.

The project site which is located between Ford and Lowick,14km south-west of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, was developed by Force 9 Duke Energy and Statkraft UK Limited. EDF Energy Renewables announced the deal to buy the project last month.

The Barmoor project received planning consent in January 2010 and EDF Energy Renewables is working to finalise the plans for the construction of the wind farm.

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 homes2.

EDF Energy Renewables’ director of Onshore and MA 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.“

In addition to 500 megawatts of onshore and offshore projects already in service, EDF Energy Renewables has over 1000 megawatts of onshore renewables projects in development together with a 970 megawatt offshore wind farm project currently under development, Navitus Bay, a 50-50 Joint Venture between Eneco Wind UK Ltd and EDF Energy.

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