CleanEarth have committed over £5 million (to date) to local communities over the lifetime of our operational wind turbines throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
The allocation of funds is usually handled by the local council or by a foundation set up for the purpose, and the beneficiaries are many and varied.
On the sports field the most popular recipients have been cricket, football, rugby, hockey and bowls clubs.
More than a dozen schools and youth projects have received funding so far, and in one case this went towards installing solar panels on a school roof which showed the community’s real commitment to renewable energy.
Several parish churches have been beneficiaries, as have a range of festivals, carnivals, choirs and theatres. Other musical recipients include bell ringers and at least one brass band.
A number of community halls have benefited, and this often seems to include a café, showing there’s still no substitute for a good cuppa in bringing people together.
With most turbines located in sparsely populated, rural areas, even modest sums can make a big difference to keeping community programmes running, and we’re delighted to be able to contribute to this.
The generation of clean energy is bringing undeniable and highly necessary benefits to our society as a whole, and we’re proud to have installed over 50 MW of wind and solar capacity across the UK – saving 30,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.
These community funds are our way to say thank you for each parish or village or town’s contribution to bringing a carbon-free future a little bit closer.