We are funded by Energy companies which operate wind farms and hydro schemes within our Community Council catchment area. Some years ago, the Highland Council prepared a ‘Concordat’ (an Agreement), at the heart of which is an agreement to compensate communities with a range of ‘community benefit’ payments designed to support local groups and encourage positive community development. This is by way of compensation for having such large developments constructed within our communities. These agreements typically last for 25 years or the lifetime of the windfarm/hydro scheme if shorter.
Here in Stratherrick & Foyers our main funders are currently Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) and Greencoat Wind UK. The Trust also receives and distributes community benefit payments from the Easter Aberchalder Partnership and Green Highland Allt Luaidhe (228) Ltd.
We liaise regularly with our contacts at SSE and they take an active interest in finding out and in contributing to the debate on how their ‘community benefit’ funds are spent. Our relationship with them will last for 25 years or more so we work hard to ensure that communications are positive and well-informed at every stage.
For more information, please have a look at the relevant sections in the Q&A page
Triple Point provides funds to the Trust in respect of their hydro development ‘Green Highland Allt Luaidhe’