The NCCBC was formed as a company limited by guarantee in June 2014 and registered as a Charity in August of 2015
The company is set up to administer grant funding from renewable energy sources and any other source that fits with the company and its charitable status. The company also has the power to negotiate with its funders the agreements and contracts for the funding streams. The company does not have the power to lobby or get involved in planning applications, this is the function of the community councils as statutory consultees.
The company received its first tranche of funding, £207,000 from ScottishPower Renewables Dersalloch Windfarm, in September 2015 and administered its first grants approvals in November and schedules funding rounds every 3 months. The company and its provision of funding covers the whole of North Carrick and the 5 community council areas within that area. These consist of Crosshill, Straiton and Kirkmichael as 1, kirkoswald, Maidens and Turnberry as 1 and then Dunure and Minishant and Maybole as the other 3 areas.
ScottishPower Renewables Dersalloch Windfarm in South Ayrshire is capable of generating up to 69MW of clean energy and is contributing community benefits to the communities across North Carrick.
ScottishPower Renewables Dersalloch Windfarm in South Ayrshire is capable of generating up to 69MW of clean energy and is contributing community benefits to the communities across North Carrick. The community benefit fund will provide more than £8,500,000 over the operational life of Dersalloch Windfarm. The members of North Carrick Community Benefit have been working in partnership with ScottishPower Renewables to distribute Community Benefit funds from Dersalloch Windfarm which can be used for a wide variety of initiatives that are of benefit to the communities of Dunure, Kirkoswald, Maybole, Minishant, Maidens, Turnberry, Crosshill, Straiton and Kirkmichael.
Kenny Peberdy, UK Director for ScottishPower Renewables said "Significant funding from renewable energy projects like Dersalloch Windfarm can play a very important role in supporting a range of projects that directly benefit local communities. We hope that the North Carrick Community Benefit fund will make a positive impact in the communities around the windfarm for decades to come."