Development Trust gets funding boost
Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust is to receive the funds necessary to install
a 900kW community wind turbine on Rousay, after the Big Lottery Fund shelled out nearly
£2 million to projects in Orkney, today, Wednesday.
16:37 Wed 24/02/2010
As part of its Community Assets Programme, the Big Lottery Fund granted £1,992,569 to
wind turbine projects on the islands of Shapinsay, Hoy, and Stronsay, as well as Rousay.
Sanday also benefitted from the windfall, with funds granted for the building of a
'youth hub' on the island.
By working together on their wind turbine projects, including sharing a project management
team, a total of £160,000 was saved, a move which was heavily praised by the Big
Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust itself received £435,000 of the funds, to
build its turbine, which was granted planning permission last year.
Last week, a majority of the island voted in favour of the project, which will sell energy
to the National Grid, generating a £2.7 million community trust fund over the next 20
years, which the Development Trust is aiming to use to encourage business development and
for the "introduction of public transport".