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Applications invited for wind farm windfall

Local community groups are being invited to apply for up to £10,000 grants from the Bradwell Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund. Applicants can apply until 30 September by visiting the Essex Community Foundation website at www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk.

The funding comes as part of a £750,000 cash injection into the local community over the lifetime of the wind farm by developer and wind farm operator RWE Innogy UK. Last year saw the first round of funding benefit St Cedd’s school, the Bradwell-on-Sea Community Shop Association and St Thomas Church. Katy Woodington, RWE Innogy UK’s community investment officer says backing can provide valuable and long-term support for a whole raft of local projects and groups. She said: “This fund can provide the communities of Bradwell-on-Sea and Tillingham with sustainable support whether that is to launch a new project, fund building work or even meet running costs and salaries.

“It is designed to meet the needs of the local communities and I’d urge local voluntary and community organisations seeking financial support to apply.”

The fund is administered independently by Essex Community Foundation (ECF) and a panel of local representatives works with ECF to consider applications. Caroline Taylor for the Foundation, said: “Funding from the Bradwell Wind Farm has already proved beneficial for the parishes of Bradwell-on-Sea and Tillingham and we are really keen to encourage further applications, particularly from small community and not-for-profit groups in the area. “Even a relatively small grant can have a huge impact upon on the communities and those that live in them; we are always keen to hear from new applicants and strive to help where we can.”

For further information visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk or email grants(at)essexcf.org.uk


In January 2010, we received consent from the Planning Inspectorate to build a 10 turbine wind farm development near Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex.

Construction of the wind farm started in early 2012, with all 10 turbines becoming fully operational in September 2013.


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Bradwell Wind Farm has a total generating capacity of 20.5 megawatts (MW). It is estimated that the average annual generation expected at the site could be equivalent to the approximate domestic needs of up to 12,000 average UK households1

Why is wind power important?

  • Wind will not run out.
  • Wind farms provide electricity without producing harmful gas emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change.
  • Wind farms do not rely on importing fossil fuels and so contribute to the security of our energy supply.
  • Wind farms are sustainable developments i.e. they meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
  • The wind energy industry has created hundreds of thousands of jobs across the UK and will continue to create opportunities well into the future.

About Bradwell Wind Farm

Find out more about our Bradwell Wind Farm.

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Working with businesses

The development and construction phases of Bradwell Wind Farm resulted in a large number of contracts being awarded to local businesses.

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Working with communities

As a responsible developer and operator, we aim to work with and support the communities in which our wind farms operate, through meaningful investments and engagement.

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Please contact us using the following methods:

Bradwell Wind FarmRWE Innogy UK Limited Windmill Hill Business ParkWhitehill WaySwindonWiltshire, SN5 6PBT+44 (0)1793 877777
E-mail to Bradwell Wind Farm


1 Energy predicted to be generated by the proposal is derived using wind speeds monitored in the local area and correlating to a Met. Office station providing longer term data. The calculations are based on an installed capacity of  20.5 MW.  The energy capture predicted and hence derived homes equivalent or emissions savings figures may change as further data are gathered.
Equivalent homes supplied is based on an annual electricity consumption per home of 4700 kWh. This figure is supported by recent domestic electricity consumption data available from The Digest of UK Energy Statistics and household estimates and projections from the UK Statistics Authority.