Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company, will be joined by scores of Aberdeenshire residents tomorrow to celebrate the official opening of the Clashindarroh Wind Farm and the first awards from the community fund.
Community groups from Huntly, Strathbogie, Tap o’ Noth, Glass and the Cabrach will receive grants from the fund, which opened to applications earlier this year.
Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall said: “Vattenfall is driving towards a sustainable power supply and we want to take the communities where we operate with us. Clashindarroch Wind Farm hits the mark on both counts. We don’t just want our wind farms to be good for the environment but good for the community too – that’s why we invest in wind energy and why we look forward to a long and successful relationship with the people of Huntly, Strathbogie, Tap o’ Noth, Glass and the Cabrach.”
For Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall’s Head of Business Area Wind, Clashindarroch Wind Farm is a good example of the utility’s partnering strategy. He said: “Vattenfall is pressing ahead with the development of on and offshore wind as we work towards significantly cutting carbon emissions from our operations. At the heart of our strategy is the idea that we grow in partnership with communities and stakeholders.”
Gunnar added: “In fact, Clashindarroch Wind Farm demonstrates our intent to deliver significant economic benefit to the UK through our investments in wind power. We estimate that of the £62mn it cost to build the wind farm, 34% went to Scottish firms and nearly 50% to British firms – a good outcome for UK plc."
Piers Guy, Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager, sees the inauguration as a fitting end to more than 12-years of development: “It’s important to acknowledge the hard work of the Vattenfall team and local stakeholders, like Nick Carroll, for their persistence and belief that a wind farm should be built on this site. Thanks to projects like Clashindarroch we all tread more lightly on the earth. Vattenfall and local people can take great pride in what has been achieved. I’m pleased that one of those great achievements is the first seven, of many, community investments from the £185,000 a year Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund.”
Clashindarroch Wind Farm, constructed, owned and operated by Vattenfall, is an 18-turbine scheme. At 36.9MW it is expected to produce enough power to meet the annual needs of 27,068 households, more than 20% of homes in Aberdeenshire. In an average year Clashindarroch Wind Farm will save 49,000 tonnes of CO2 , the same as the Aberdeenshire per capita carbon footprint of more than 4,000.
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