Windpower Wales is embedded in the communities of Conwy and Denbighshire and is committed through its projects to support the communities within which it operates.
Developing a local fund is one way of providing local benefits. For every wind farm we have consented, Windpower Wales will contribute £3,000 per MW per year to a community benefit fund. This money can be used by the community to invest in economic development, to support cultural, environmental and community projects in their area.
We have taken steps to ensure that decisions on how the community benefit fund is spent are made by the democratically elected Community Councils. The money will be distributed to projects in the local area according to the priorities set by the Community Councils themselves. These monies may also be match funded against substantial European and other funds, for specific projects.
This is a real commitment to deliver financial benefit to our community and we are proud of our track record in providing financial support for a range of events and organisations.
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Windpower Wales firmly believes that the renewable energy industry holds the key to creating a prosperous Welsh economy for the future and to sustaining our environment, our communities and our culture.
Through our work at Windpower Wales we are proud to support cultural events such as:
Through these events we have interacted with hundreds of thousands of people and we are always encouraged by the support that we receive. We firmly believe that support for local events and causes is key to the sustainability of rural Wales. Renewable energy is a very substantial opportunity to enhance the rural economy in Wales and to provide jobs and prosperity that are essential to protect and nurture our culture and communities for the future.
The Wales Air Ambulance
We support the vital service of the Wales Air Ambulance. In 2011, between the Urdd Eisteddfod, the Royal Welsh Show and the National Eisteddfod we raised £5000 for this very valuable cause.
Cerddwn Ymlaen (Walk On)
In 2012, Windpower Wales are pleased to be working with international Opera star, Rhys Meirion, to organise a national sponsored walk in aid of the Wales Air Ambulance 'Leap into Action' appeal.
Each year Windpower Wales opens its doors to the public, welcoming visitors to our office at Hendre Llwyn-y-Maen, to meet the staff and talk to us about our work. As part of the day we offer site visits to local wind farms, as well as providing entertainment to raise funds for schools locally.
In 2010 we were pleased to donate all funds from the event to Ysgol Bro Cernyw in Llangernyw.
If you would like any more information on our upcoming and future events, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The National Eisteddfod
Windpower Wales is pleased to have sponsored the National Eisteddfod of Wales for the past four years. Each year we have had an exhibition stand on the field, sponsored a main concert and in 2011 we were sponsors for the opening concert.
The National Eisteddfod of Wales is one of the great festivals of the world, attracting over 160,000 visitors every year. An eclectic mixture of culture, music, visual arts and all kinds of activities for people of all ages, there’s something for everyone on the Maes during the first week of August every year.
The Eisteddfod is a travelling festival which belongs to the people of Wales – wherever they live, and this is an integral part of its appeal. The festival visits areas in north and south Wales alternately, and hosting the National Eisteddfod is a great boost for any area.
It’s an ideal opportunity to promote and encourage people to use and learn Welsh locally, to take part in cultural activities in their area, and it’s also a great opportunity to promote the region as a tourist destination. The economic effect on the area is huge, with the Eisteddfod contributing between £6-8 million to the local economy during the week.
The Eisteddfod is the home of literature, music, dance, recitation, theatre, visual arts, science and technology, and all types of culture in Wales, and although the festival only lasts for a week, the preparatory work and the buzz surrounding the event and all its activities lasts for more than two years before the Eisteddfod. Many areas choose to continue organising events promoting the Welsh language and culture once the festival is over.
For more information on the National Eisteddfod of Wales click here.
The Urdd Eisteddfod
Windpower Wales is pleased to have sponsored the opening concert of the Urdd National Eisteddfod for the past four years and each year we have had an exhibition stand on site.
The Urdd is an exciting, dynamic movement for children and young people. It organises a range of different activities across Wales. They have 16 development officers who work all over Wales to ensure that the Urdd offers a full programme of activties for children and young people.
The Urdd was established in 1922 to give children and young people the chance to learn and socialise through the medium of Welsh. It gives the young people of Wales the chance to live vibrant lives through the medium of Welsh, learning at the same time to respect each other and people around the world. The Urdd welcomes Welsh speakers and Welsh learners.
The Urdd National Eisteddfod is one of Europe's largest cultural youth festivals, attracting thousands of competitors and visitors every year. In 2012, the Urdd National Eisteddfod will be held on Coleg Meirion Dwyfor Glynllifon's lush parkland, near Caernarfon between the 4th and 9th of June.
For more information on the Urdd National Eisteddfod click here.
Windpower Wales is pleased to have been a main sponsor of the Gwyl Gobaith in 2010 and 2011. In 2011 we were proud to sponsor the opening concert, in aid of the 10th anniversary of the Wales Air Ambulance.
Gŵyl Gobaith Music Festival is bringing internationally famous Welsh acts to Flintshire. Rhydian Roberts, of X Factor fame, Three Welsh Tenors and Only Men Aloud will be headlining the three day festival this year which will be held at Northop College Campus on the 26, 27 and 28 of August 2011.
Gŵyl Gobaith Music Festival is a three day event with the inspiration for the festival led by the international opera singer, Rhys Meirion, supported by a dedicated committee and volunteers. The festival was conceived with the sole purpose of promoting music within Flintshire’s community and beyond whilst raising sufficient funds for local charities.
Three spectacular nights of internationally renowned music.
Three great causes.
For more information on the Gwyl Gobaith click here.
Llangollen International Eisteddfod
Windpower Wales was pleased to sponsor the opening concert of the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in both 2009 and 2010 and in 2010 we had an exhibition stand on site.
Six days of the best music and folk dance, and all the world in one place!
Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world's most inspirational cultural festivals. Each year around 4,000 performers converge on this beautiful small Welsh town and its International Pavilion; to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance, and international peace and friendship. Its competitions climax with the prestigious 'Choir of the World', which determines the best overall choir of the event. In 2005 Luciano Pavarotti added his name to the competition in recognition of his appreciation of the festival and its influence on his career.
For more information on Llangollen International Eisteddfod click here.
The Royal Welsh
Windpower Wales is pleased to have exhibited at the Royal Welsh Show for the past three years. The Royal Welsh Show is the biggest agricultural show in Europe and is organised by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, which was formed in 1904.
In 2011 the show upheld its reputation as the biggest and best attended event of its kind in Britain when more than 227,000 visitors passed through the gates of the showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.
For more information on the Royal Welsh Show click here.
Gwyl Cerdd Dant
Windpower Wales is pleased to have spondored Gwyl Cerdd Dant for the past four years.
The National Folk Eisteddfod was established to promote the ancient craft of singing to harp accompaniment. Cerdd Dant has a very long history in the Welsh tradition. In essence it is the art of presenting or performing poetry to harp accompaniment. In the old days the poems sung were in cynghanedd, the strict Welsh metres based on alliteration and complicated rules, but later on the free metres were used just as much.
For more information on Gwyl Cerdd Dant click here.
Welsh Air Ambulance
Windpower Wales is proud to have supported the Wales Air Ambulance since 2006. In 2011 we sponsored the opening concert of the Gwyl Gobaith in aid of the 10th anniversary of the Wales Air Ambulance. At all of our exhibitions we raise funds for the charity and at the 2011 Urdd Eisteddfod, National Eisteddfod and Royal Welsh Show we raised just under £5000 for this very valuable cause.
Wales Air Ambulance is an all Wales charity providing a vital service through emergency air cover for those who face life-threatening illness or injuries.
Owing to its widely scattered population and diverse landscape, many in Wales live in isolated locations far from an accident and emergency service. Also, the ever increasing problem of traffic congestion and collisions in more urban areas denotes delayed response times for land ambulances. For these reasons, there is a recognised need for three helicopters on active duty 365 days a year.
It is widely believed that a patient’s chances of survival and early recovery are increased if they receive the right care within the first hour, otherwise known as the Golden Hour. The quick response times and the expert medical care provided by the Wales Air Ambulance crews across Wales ensure that this Golden Hour is achieved every time.
For more information on the Wales Air Ambulance click here.