Investing in the Community

First Power Turbine
The local community will benefit from community funding that will run throughout the lifetime of the wind farm, brining over £250,000 of investment to the area annually.

A new Community Interest Company is being established which will run the fund. Following a review of the findings of the consultation with the local community carried out by Community Action Northumberland, Ray Wind Farm Community Fund Community Profile Report, the priorities for the Fund have been established, with three key strands to its work:

A charitable grants scheme – the Vattenfall Ray Wind Farm Small Grants Programme. Click here for further information

The improvement of infrastructure to support the social and economic sustainability of the area  –  such as internet, mobile phone coverage and community transport.

A legacy fund to maintain the benefit to the area long after the support from the Wind Farm operator has ceased.



PRESS RELEASE: First wind turbine installed at North East Wind Farm


Ray_First Turbine

Vattenfall, the Hexham based energy company, said today that the first turbine at its Ray Wind Farm Project in the North East of England has been erected.

Paul Nickless, Vattenfall’s Construction Manager for the Ray Wind Farm Project, said: “I am delighted to see the first turbine installed.  This is a major milestone in the construction of Ray Wind Farm and is a testament to the hard work of the construction team.

Along with the 45 highly skilled people working in our Hexham Office, Ray is providing employment for around 70 skilled and semi-skilled workers involved solely in the construction of the wind farm.”

The Senvion 3.4M104 turbine at the Ray Wind Farm Project site is 125 metres tall. Another 15 wind turbines will be installed over the summer at the 54.4MW scheme on the Ray Estate, near Kirkwhelpington in Northumberland.

Preparatory works at the wind farm site started last summer.  Once completed the Ray Wind Farm will, on average, generate enough power every year to meet the equivalent electricity demand of around 30,000 UK households.

Vattenfall, with partners Community Action Northumberland, is currently putting in place an annual community fund of over £250,000 a year for the lifetime of the wind farm.