Fred. Olsen Renewables has a long established presence in the Scottish Borders. We currently operate Crystal Rig which as has provided over £2m in community benefit funding since 2003.
We will work with the communities surrounding Hearthstanes Wind Farm to understand their aspirations and identify how we can work together to support them – such as connectivity, recreation, heritage and tourism.
We want to support local people and help address the challenges they are facing in their day-to-day lives.
We believe that our wind farms can be an asset to the local area, supporting the local economy and helping to meet local aspirations. Each year Fred. Olsen Renewables provides over £600,000 to eligible communities surrounding our wind farms, amounting to more than £6m to date.
This has helped communities to implement a variety of initiatives including:
Duns Swimming Pool
Crystal Rig Wind Farm
The community benefit funds from Crystal Rig Wind Farm have helped many local children master the important life skill of swimming. The funding provides children with access to free swimming lessons from birth. In addition, all local residents benefit from subsidised pool membership. Helping to build confidence in the water, provide a social outlet and keep kids active.
This initiative has also helped to sustain Duns Swimming Pool, a local charity, allowing it to reinvest in the facilities and provide a valuable service.
Kirsty Inkpen, Manager at Duns Swimming Pool, commented:
“Learning to swim is an essential lifeskill. There are many rivers in and around Duns, and by learning to swim in the pool it will help children, youngsters and adults to be safe in and around our many waterways.
“The Crystal Rig Community Benefit fund has helped to support many youngsters. Even taking them to competition level adults. In turn it has helped to keep Duns Swimming Pool afloat and allow us to reinvest in the facilities.”