It is our policy to ensure that each wind farm development brings tangible benefits to the local community. RES voluntarily offers a community benefits package based on £5,000 per megawatt installed. At Woolley Hill, this equates to £50,000 per year for the lifetime of the wind farm (approx 25 years). The package provides two main types of benefit: a Community Benefit Fund and a Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS).
Community Benefit Fund
The Community Benefit Fund offers £20,000 per year, index linked, based on the wind farm's installed capacity of 10MW. The fund is administered by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF), but decisions about where the money is spent are made by a Fund Panel of local people. The Fund became available in Spring 2015, when Woolley Hill Wind Farm became operational. The first round of funding has offered support to local projects totalling £15,500.
More information about the Woolley Hill Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund and how to apply for support can be found on the CCF website.
Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS)
The Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS) is unique to RES and offers properties closest to our wind farms an annual discount off their electricity bill. The scheme is open to all residential, business and community buildings (including schools, places of worship and village halls) within the eligible area and on mains electricity when the scheme is launched.
LEDS at Woolley Hill offers properties within two kilometres of the four-turbine wind farm an annual discount of £100 off their electricity bill. Eligible properties have been contacted directly by RES with details of how to register for LEDS and payments are made direct to a property's electricity supplier on an annual basis.
The discount stays with the property, so anyone buying or selling a property within the eligible area should contact us to make sure that their details are up to date.