-Fund has so far allocated over £340,000 to 39 community projects
-Fourth funding round is now open for bids
-Annual Community Fund will take over from 2021.
Thirteen local community initiatives and projects are the latest to successfully bid into the Triton Knoll Community Fund and will share a windfall of £101,670.
To date, the fund has invested £342,730 in support of 39 local initiatives and projects, with a further round of funding awards still to come later this year.
The successful bids ultimately help to bring together the communities within which the Triton Knoll onshore electrical system is being constructed and will later operate. Each successful project was selected from bids that stretched across the entire length of the 57km onshore cable route, from the point of landfall near Anderby Creek to the onshore substation at Bicker Fen.
Julian Garnsey, Project Director for Triton Knoll and innogy, said: “This is such an important fund for us all on Triton Knoll; to date the fund has inspired and supported 39 separate initiatives and activities that will each help to strengthen and bind together the local communities around us.
“Funding like this can be hugely important at a local level – it’s targeted and designed to be really flexible and focused on the things that matter most to local people.
“We’ve just entered the final round of bidding for the construction fund, and this will close to new applications in May. But it doesn’t end there; our annual community fund comes into play after this, and will run for as long as we operate the wind farm. So if you have a project or initiative that you think can support your community, take a look at the fund and make a bid!”
This is the third and penultimate round of awards from the £500,000 One-Off Construction Fund, which was set up to operate during the two years of construction of the onshore electrical system. (Visit our website for more information on how the fund works.) The Annual Fund will take over from the construction-focused fund later in 2021 and will be available for bids from communities located near to the landfall and onshore substation locations.
Round 4 is the final bidding and allocation phase of the One-Off Construction Fund. The fund is currently open for round 4 bids and will close on 1 May 2020.
The One-Off Construction Fund officially opened in August 2018 and supports grassroots groups, delivering vital support to the local community. It is part of the larger Triton Knoll Community Fund, which will deliver a targeted £1.5m into communities closest to the project’s onshore construction works and infrastructure.
The latest successful projects range from the installation of energy efficient lighting at Burgh Community Complex; replacement of outdoor play equipment at Great Hale Parish Council; car park resurfacing at Stickney Community Hall; a defibrillator for Swineshead Parish Council; and new equipment for Castle Bowmen Archery Club.
All applications are reviewed and determined by a panel made up of local people to ensure the best decisions are made for nearby communities.
The full list of successful funding round 3 projects is as follows:
- Burgh Community Complex £11,270.54
- Great Hale Parish Council £17,000
- 6th Boston Scout group £9,877.37
- Bicker Village Hall £11,160
- Stickney Bowls Club £1,998.56
- Bicker Bowls Club £2,050
- Langriville Parish Church £3,181.82
- Stickney Community Hall £9,344
- Swineshead Parish Council £1,000
- Sunshine Children’s Centre £7,788.26
- Donington Parish Council £7,000
- IDEA, Donington £15,000
- Castle Bowmen Archery Club £5,000.
Total amount awarded this round = £101,670.55
Triton Knoll is a state-of-the-art offshore wind farm will have a maximum installed capacity of 857megawatts (MW) and, once fully operational, will be the most powerful in the innogy fleet and capable of powering the equivalent of over 800,000 UK homes(1).
The project is located over 32 kilometres off the Lincolnshire coast, with a turbine array that covers an area of 145 square kilometres, bigger than the City of Manchester. It is jointly owned by innogy, J-Power and Kansai Electric Power, with innogy managing the wind farm’s construction and long-term operation and maintenance works, on behalf of its project partners.
(1) Energy Generation – It is estimated that the average annual generation expected at the site could be equivalent to the approximate domestic needs of an expected minimum of 800,000 average UK households. Energy predicted to be generated by the proposal is derived using wind speeds monitored in the local area and correlated with long term reference data. The energy capture predicted, and hence derived homes equivalent figure may change as further data are gathered. Equivalent homes supplied is based on an annual electricity consumption per home of 4100 kWh. This figure is supported by recent domestic electricity consumption data available from The Digest of UK Energy Statistics and household figures from the UK National Statistics Authority.