A consultation has been launched to help direct a community funding pot that will be worth up to £500,000 plus an additional £40,000 annually to Lincolnshire.
RWE Innogy UK has committed to providing two community investment funds if it is successful in gaining full development consent for the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm and associated works.
The windfarm will be located off the east coast, around 20 miles from Lincolnshire and 28 miles from North Norfolk with infrastructure works in inland areas of Lincolnshire.
The funds on offer are:
Up to £500,000 available during the onshore construction works
Up to a further £40,000 annually will be available throughout the operational life-time of thewind farm
for areas immediately neighbouring the above ground infrastructure
RWE Innogy UK wants to hear which areas and communities should benefit from the Triton Knoll
Community Investment Fund.
At present it is proposing that the one-off funding of £500,000 should be available regionally to Lincolnshire.
The annual funding of £40,000 is proposed to be aimed at those communities close to the above ground electrical infrastructure. Substations are proposed to be based in East Lindsey, in the area around Burgh Le Marsh and Ashington End. As well as in a patch of North Kesteven and South Holland potentially encompassing Great Hale, Helpringham, Donington and Swineshead.
The aim of the fund is to benefit initiatives that make “a real, long term and sustainable difference to the local area.”
Take part in the consultation at: www.rweinnogy.com/tritonknoll
The exact size of the project is not yet determined, but once constructed, Triton Knoll could generate up to 900MW of renewable energy. This could provide enough renewable electricity to meet the average needs of up to 800,000 average UK households each year. Triton Knoll is still in the early stages of development but over £20 million has already been invested in the UK. Around 1,900 jobs could be created during the construction of the wind farm, with 325 expected to be created during the operational lifetime of the project.