Boyndie Wind Farm’s Community Fund has helped a number of local organisations since it was formed. In 2022 the Board decided to use the funds for environmental and education purposes, primarily through donations to primary schools in the area of the share issue. We reached out to ten academies within the catchment area of the wind farm (30km). Two of these schools expressed an interest in getting support from us.
The main benefactor this year was Turriff Academy’s “Sustainability Group”. They are creating “Green spaces” around the school which has limited outdoor space. Our grant helped them to purchase tiered planters and plants which will in the long term benefit the school. These will be looked after by the pupils who have given their project a lot of thought, putting together a planting plan which should enable the school to enjoy colourful blooms almost all year round.
The other school to receive a grant from us is Banff Academy. Several pupils came to visit the wind farm with representatives from Falck Renewables including their Operations Manager. The students asked lots of interesting questions such as why the site was chosen, what the production was like, and what happens to the turbines at the end of their useful life. They have got a project within the school looking at how they can develop Renewable Energy Power for the greater good moving forward and they have been tasked with designing a Renewable Energy Power station. In the end they opted for Tidal rather than wind! However, they are looking to set the “business” up as a Co-operative so it was a very worthwhile visit for them.