The Seagreen benefits
Given the scale of the project, significant added economic benefit will occur throughout the project lifecycle across all parts of the local, regional and national economy, with the addition of important local contracting and permanent employment opportunities.
The Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm is committed to supporting the communities who live near our development. We are passionate about being a responsible neighbour who will work with communities to develop a local community benefit programme which will enable support for positive and transformational local projects.
Seagreen is fully committed to a £1.8M community benefit fund which will be divided between 6 Community Councils (£300k each). This fund has been developed in line with Scottish Government guidance and SSE policy and we feel it sits well within the wider package of benefits that will come from the project.
We have spoken with the community councils to establish the best models for delivering funding and funds will be administered by SSE’s Community Investment Team who will work alongside local representatives to deliver this fund.
The Fund will be managed by SSE’s experienced in-house Community Investment Manager Craig Mullen (firstname.lastname@example.org / 07384 452823) alongside local representatives.
More details about the Seagreen Community Fund will be made available in due course.
We are also committed to working with local colleges and supporting apprenticeships through our Contractors to develop the future workforce and provide a pathway for school leavers into the offshore wind and wider energy sector. We have established a separate £400,000 STEM Fund focused on supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based skills development in Angus. EDT (Engineering Development Trust) have already supported and facilitated virtual engagement with over 3,000 children in Dundee and Angus though an education programme which included the Future Green Leaders programme and the second element of the funding is due to be announced shortly.
Environmental benefits from 114 turbines currently being installed will include:
A significant addition to the UK's clean energy generation capacity
tonnes co2 avoided
Helping to meet the UK's clean air targets
from Angus coast
Visual impact is minimal
Estimated benefits for Scotland
to the economy
Providing a significant contribution to the Scottish economy
Including MHI Vestas roles
based out of Montrose Port