An islands community-owned wind farm has won a major accolade at the
Scottish Charity Awards by winning the ‘Celebrating Communities’ trophy.
The award to the Point and Sandwick Trust is for their charity work,
funding and supporting community projects with the profits from their
wholly community-owned wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag outside Stornoway.
The awards are run by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
(SCVO), the national body representing the interests of charities,
voluntary organisations and social enterprises. The shortlist included 40
individuals and organisations from across the third sector in Scotland.
Donald John MacSween, general manager of Point and Sandwick Trust, who
collected the trophy at the Edinburgh ceremony, said: “This is a great
recognition of the great support we enjoy from the Point and Sandwick
community and further afield.
“We’re so proud of this fantastic achievement, coming only halfway through
this, our second year of grant donations to the diverse community groups in
our area. We hope to continue making a significant and growing contribution
to our community in the years ahead.”
In terms of power output (nine megawatts), the three turbines at Beinn
Ghrideag make it the largest wind farm run by a community anywhere in the
UK. It is widely regarded as a technically high-performing wind farm.
All the profits from the wind farm go back into the community – and Point
and Sandwick Trust have carefully chosen a range of good causes to support.