Shetland Community Benefit Fund is a unique initiative which see all the local communities coming together to benefit from commercial renewable energy developments in the islands.
The islands’ 18 community councils formed SCBF as an independent co-operative to negotiate and administer community benefit funding from developers.
It was agreed from the very start that community benefits should be available on a Shetland-wide basis – so all local communities have a chance of accessing the funds.
SCBF has reached its first agreement – with Viking Energy Wind Farm and its main shareholder SSE Renewables – for the largest community benefit fund for any onshore development in the UK.
SCBF will receive £400,000 a year from the Viking Community Fund during construction of the windfarm. This will be used to finance a grant scheme only open to projects supported by a community council and for SCBF administration. Use the Advance Grant Scheme link for details.
SCBF will also develop a full Business Plan for when the main funding of £2,215,000 a year starts once the wind farm is operating and sending electricity through the new cable link to the UK grid.
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