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Energy / Community benefit fund strikes deal with second wind farm operator

The Burradale wind farm, outside Lerwick. Photo: Shetland News

SHETLAND Community Benefit Fund (SCBF) has signed an agreement with the operators of the Burradale wind farm.

Shetland Aerogenerators Ltd has signed a community benefit agreement with SCBF for £10,000 a year for the next decade.

This follows the agreement SCBF already has with the Viking Energy wind farm developer SSE Renewables.

The Shetland Aerogenerators Community Benefit Fund will be managed by SCBF separately from the Viking fund.

The company operators five turbines on the outskirts of Lerwick, while it also has a turbine near Dales Voe.

For the first two years of the fund the money will be used to support active travel and road safety projects in Shetland, and then it will be open to support projects that promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in Shetland’s schools.

Up to 20 per cent of this annual funding will be available for scholarships to benefit pupils working towards a STEM career.

SCBF chair Chris Bunyan said: “SCBF was set up to work with all commercial renewable energy developers in the islands and this agreement shows how each one can be adapted to suit the developer and community interests.

“I would like to thank the directors of Shetland Aerogenerators for their positive help and encouragement in finalising this agreement.”

SCBF said continues to be in contact with other commercial developers in the islands regarding community benefit deals.

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