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Wind farm funding benefits local groups

A CELEBRATION event has been held to mark the Amman Valley community groups that have benefited from funding from the Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm.

Around 150 people attended the event at Llandybie RFC including councillors from the Amman eligible wards and staff from wind farm owners ESB from Ireland. The fund was established after ESB was given permission to set up the wind farm.

Music was provided by the Ammanford Town Silver Band and Côr Meibion Dyffryn Aman which have both received grants from the Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

The Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund is for projects and initiatives that create vibrant and sustainable communities, drawing in additional external funding and addressing local need.

Fund chair Cllr Glynog Davies welcomed everyone and said: “This is a special night to celebrate the success of the organisations that have benefited from the Mynydd y Betws fund. It adds to creating a vibrant community. The Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund was launched in April 2013 when Carmarthenshire County Council entered into an agreement with ESB, the Electricity Supply Board. The agreement was that Carmarthenshire would administer the £2.7m fund.”

Cllr Davies added that over £700,000 has been given to worthy causes which fall in the geographical wards covered by The Community Benefit Fund.

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Majella McCarron of ESB said: “Opening Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm highlights our commitment to renewable generation. The Community Benefit Fund will provide support for communities near the wind farm in 10 eligible wards. ESB has a strong track record and working with the fund enables us to continue this. Since opening, over 40 successful applications have been awarded funding.”

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