The wind farm has been operating since 2012 with 50% of the spend from construction going to UK companies, including Mabey Bridge, who manufactured the towers for the project.
Overview of Swinford wind farm
During construction, Vattenfall ran a youth project with the Rural Youth Voice Project to involve young people in the development of the project and the community fund. At the end of the project, they produced a film about the potential of the project from their perspective.
Also during the construction process, a Swinford blog was established to keep the community informed.
Wind turbine safety at Swinford wind farm
A community fund is now in operation, run by the Eight Parishes CIC. They administer the annual grant of £44,000 from Vattenfall for the benefit of the local community.
Visit www.eightparishescic.org to find out more about their work, and some of the projects that have been supported through the wind farm.