Renewable power company Good Energy has reached a milestone of £400,000 in direct contributions to its community funds.
Six community funds were established alongside renewable projects developed by the Chippenham-based firm in the early 2010s.
They were designed to allow local communities to directly benefit from hosting renewable sites. These renewable projects are located across England, in Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire and Yorkshire, including Delabole - the UK’s first commercial wind farm.
The funds have supported multiple local initiatives in only a few short years. These include buying new iPads and laptop equipment for a primary school in Dorset and funding horse riding facilities for disabled children in Cornwall.
Broad Town, near Swindon, has benefited from hosting the local Rook Wood solar farm. The community fund has supported a range of projects, including the refurbishment of the village hall.
A spokesperson for Broad Town Parish Council said: “The fund has enabled us to support both regular community activities and improvements to the footpaths in the village.
" New groups and initiatives have been encouraged and this has had a sustained impact on positive community engagement and community spirit. This was made evident by the recent swift creation of a local community COVID-19 response group to support everyone in the village, particularly the vulnerable; the work of the response group has been supported by the fund.”
Juliet Davenport, CEO and founder at Good Energy, said: “This significant milestone underscores the value of wind and solar farms to local communities across Britain. Not only do these projects generate clean power, but they provide a boost to the rural economy as well.
"In the space of only a few years, our community funds have supported a whole range of initiatives, from creating new green spaces to investing in digital equipment for schoolchildren. These funds are responding to local needs and leaving a positive legacy. We look forward to seeing more progress over the coming years.”
Pictured: Delabole wind farm