Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm Community Fund has so far invested £600,000 in local projects and charities in North Wales.
RWE Innogy UK’s wind farm located off the coast of North Wales between Abergele and Rhos-on-Sea, has been investing in community causes since the project became operational in 2009. The annual fund is worth over £107,000.
Paul Cowling, Managing Director RWE Innogy UK said: “Investing £600,000 into North Wales is a significant milestone. We are proud to be supporting those communities hosting our projects and it is fantastic to see the fund has made such a positive impact on the area.”
The fund has supported diverse projects from food banks, job creation at Crest Cooperative and Acces3abilitiy, and educational programmes.
The fund supports communities living in Rhyl and the wards in Conwy: Pensarn, Colwyn, Eirias, Gele, Glyn, Kinmel Bay, Llanddulas, Llandrillo yn Rhos, Llysfaen, Mochdre, Pentre Mawr, Rhiw & Towyn.
The fund is administered by Welsh Government for the wards in Conwy and by Denbighshire Coastal Partnership for Rhyl, with decisions on how funding is allocated made by local volunteers through a dedicated fund panel.
Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, said:
“I am pleased £600,000 has now been invested in over 55 projects in North Wales, from sports clubs and heritage schemes, to advice services and food banks. The Fund is a fantastic opportunity for local groups to develop innovative projects, specifically tailored to local needs and priorities, and I encourage any interested groups to submit an application.”
Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm comprises 25 turbines and generates enough clean energy to meet the approximate equivalent needs of 61,000 average UK homes annually.