Since 2008, SSE has provided more than £23m in community benefit funding in the UK (£21.5m in Great Britain and about £1.5m in Northern Ireland). Their funds have supported nearly 5,000 projects across the British Isles.
In 2013, SSE launched its Sustainable Development Fund, allowing the benefits of its community funds to be accessible to a wider area. In the last 5 years, 146 projects have been supported through this initiative.
£15,000 awarded in October 2016 from the Dumfries and Galloway Sustainable Development Fund
The Stranraer Development Trust received £15,000, which provided the initial investment to support the development of the first Stranraer Oyster Festival; a celebration of the area’s unique coastal heritage. The three-day event included wild food foraging, celebrity chef demonstrations and a bustling festival market. The event helped to extend the summer tourism season, supported local business and capitalised on the growth of food tourism. Independent research by MKA Economics found that the event contributed £500,000 to the local economy, with 10,000 people attending. “The Trust is proud and delighted with every aspect of the Festival. The entire weekend was a fantastic example of what can be achieved when good people work together for the betterment of somewhere they love.”
Romano Petruucci, Chairman of Stranraer Development Trust
SSE has a proactive approach of investing in local businesses and employing people from local communities. This is particularly important for creating social benefits from onshore wind. Often away from other forms of development, high levels of investment can have transformative effects in rural areas.
SSE Renewables is the leading renewable energy company across the UK and Ireland with a portfolio of onshore wind, offshore wind and flexible hydro. With an offshore wind pipeline of over 7GW, we are driving the transition to a low-carbon future by developing, building and operating high quality renewable assets.