Energy Firm Creates 135K Fund for East Durham Communities

22 September 2011

REG Wind Power has made available £135,000 for communities directly impacted by their South Sharpley wind farm development through a community benefit fund at County Durham Community Foundation.

Earlier this year, REG Wind Power received planning permission to install three wind turbines, each with a capacity output of 2.5MW, at South Sharpley in East Durham. The REG Wind Power South Sharpley Community Benefit Fund has been set up with an initial donation of £135,000 which is to be awarded in grants of up to £10,000 during the construction phase. The wind farm is expected to be commercially operational by 2013, at which time a further contribution of £6,000 per year for a total of 25 years will be made into the fund.

County Durham Community Foundation, which manages the fund on behalf of REG Wind Power, will distribute grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to community and voluntary groups and schools within a three-mile radius of the wind farm. This includes Dalton-le-Dale, Easington Lane, Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton-le-Spring, Murton, Silksworth, Seaham Grange, Seaton and South Hetton. Grants will be awarded to projects that are community-based and led with a preference to biodiversity, habitat & energy conservation, increased use of renewables and the purchase of capital items with a tangible, lasting benefit, including improvements to community buildings.

Any groups within the area of benefit that would like to apply for a grant should click here. The Community Foundation manages over 140 funds, each with their own bespoke criteria, so even if you aren’t in the area of benefit for the REG Wind Power South Sharpley Community Benefits Fund you could still apply for a grant.