Wales’ largest wind farm community fund needs board members

The Swedish energy company Vattenfall is looking to recruit board members to manage Wales’s largest community energy fund.

The developer is looking to recruit six to eight paid part-time board members for the £1.8m a year Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund.

The deadline for applications is 23 October and can be made online.

The Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by early 2017. 

The 76 turbine, 228MW scheme will pay £1.8m a year into the Community Fund for the operational lifetime of the wind farm. 

Over its 20 to 25 year lifetime, the fund will earn more than £60m from the wind farm and with match funding the total available for investment would be considerably higher.

“We want the Pen y Cymoedd Community Fund to be the best wind farm fund in the UK,” said Vattenfall’s Senior Construction Manager, for the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm, Alistair Hinton.

“The community has already established a clear agenda for the fund but to implement it requires local people who know what the community needs. Board Members on the fund can be part of something really special for the upper Afan, Cynon, Neath and Rhondda valleys, that’s why we hope we’ll get a good response to the adverts.”

David Rees, the Welsh Assembly Member for Aberavon, said: “As we approach the completion of the project it’s important that we see strong leadership in managing the community fund from a board made up of local people with the expertise and skills to deliver the right schemes for our communities.  I call on these people to step forward and help the people of the upper Afan, Neath Valley, Rhondda and Cynon achieve the full benefit from the funds.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues