RWE has a proactive approach to community development, engagement and support. We understand the importance of respecting and working with the communities where our projects are based and take the responsibility of being part of these communities very seriously. We have a dedicated Australian community and stakeholder engagement team and remain committed to delivering engagement of the highest standard.
We are focused on using local supply chains and employing local wherever we can. Our philosophy of developing, owning and operating our projects means we have a long-term commitment to supporting these communities for 35 years or more.
In line with our development approach, commitment to community and industry best practice, our local investment philosophy extends to supporting our project communities through dedicated Community Benefit Funds. Our Limondale Solar Farm in NSW established a Community Benefit Fund that provides $40,000 per year to local community groups, events and charities for each year of the project’s operational lifetime. We also recently announced our proposed Theodore Wind Farm will have a fund of at least $500,000 per year – equating to about $17.5 million across the operational life of the wind farm – if it moves into the construction phase.
Community Benefit Funds are administered by a local community committee, that is responsible for deciding how the money is spent.
We will also be implementing similar funds across our planned Australian projects.