Glenmoriston wind farm operator launches coronavirus fund

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Falck Renewables' Millennium Wind Farm, pictured.

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Falck Renewables, the owner of Millennium Wind Farm in Glenmoriston, has announced a fund for the communities around its wind farms to help alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The company is donating £180,000 to be shared between the community benefit trusts which administer funds from its 12 wind farms in Scotland, England and Wales.

Managing director of Falck Renewables UK, Richard Dibley, commented: ‘We have a close relationship with the communities around our wind farms and their response to the current challenging situation has been as proactive and heartwarming as we would have expected.

‘They are already involved in helping the people and organisations in their area who need it most, and we were keen to support them.’

Angela Williams, chief officer of Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company, which receives funding from Millennium Wind Farm, said the support offered by Falck for members of the community and local businesses was greatly appreciated.

‘There is currently a range of activity being undertaken in our communities by the 3 Glens Resilience Group to support local residents but we know that there will be much more to be undertaken over the forthcoming months,’ she continued.

‘Our local economy is very reliant on tourism and we are looking at ways in which we can continue to support our community and local businesses over the next few months, recognising that there will be different needs that become apparent as people struggle with the lockdown.’

The 3 Glens Resilience Group is a partnership between Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company, the Glengarry Trust, 3 Glens Community Care group, Glengarry Community Council and Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Council.

Maria MacRae, chair of Glengarry Trust, which also receives funding from Millennium Wind Farm, said: ‘So far we have supported local families with a £100 cheque to support additional costs of food and electricity whilst being at home during the lockdown – £100 grants are also available for any other residents who are suffering economic hardship.

‘We also have a team of volunteers who can arrange anything from shopping and deliveries to a chat with anyone who is feeling isolated.’

The UK fund is part of Falck Renewables’ global support of €720,000 for communities around its wind and solar plants in Italy, UK, France, Spain, and the US.

Falck Renewables is also supporting research on COVID-19 therapeutic solutions carried out by the University of Milan and the ‘Sacco’ Hospital in Milan.

Anyone in the area who needs help can get in touch with the 3 Glens Resilience Group by emailing glengarrytrust@gmail.com or chiefofficer@communitycompany.co.uk or by calling Deirdre MacKinnon on 01320 366556.