In 2009, Swinford Wind Farm was consented by the Secretary of State. It is an 11 turbine project in Leicestershire. The project became operational in November 2012 following a year long construction process.
Eight Parishes CIC company #8312835
Location: Leicestershire, see map (opens in new window)
No of turbines: 11
Turbine details: 2 MW (megawatt) turbines, 125 metres to the tip of the blades
Maximum installed capacity: 22 MW (megawatts)
Current status: Operational
Vattenfall is committed to providing a Community Fund to the communities hosting the wind farm. The fund is worth £44,000 annually (index linked), and will be provided for the 25 year life of the project. A Community Interest Company has been set up to administer the fund and local residents will be invited to share their ideas and apply for funding.
Working with young people
Getting young people involved with the project was an important part of our work in the area.
Working with the Rural Youth Voice Project, Vattenfall embarked on a tour of local schools and villages in the “Chill Out Bus” and established the Youth Focus Group to give young people in the area a chance to have their ideas for the Community Fund heard. The group came to site during the construction of the wind farm to see the turbine components up close and to learn more about renewable energy.
Weather and climate change were the themes for a flag competition that local schools participated in. The winning children were lucky enough to see their flags and a giant nacelle being delivered during a visit to the wind farm during construction.
Educational site visits with local schools and groups will continue now that the wind farm is operational.
Click here to read our full Articles of Association of Eight Parishes Community Interest Company (CIC) TBC