Student grants for renewables courses

Assel wind farm operators are offering financial help to local students studying renewable energy courses.
Assel wind farm operators are offering financial help to local students studying renewable energy courses.

Students in the Girvan, Barr, Pinwherry and Pinmore area considering a career in renewable energy could benefit from a local wind farm grant.

Falck Renewables, owners of the Assel Valley Wind Farm, have launched a £6000 annual fund to help prospective students of renewable energy with some of the expenses they incur while studying.

Richard Dibley, managing director of Falck Renewables, said: “One of our main aims at Falck is to be a good neighbour in the areas in which we have our wind farms.

“We are particularly keen to help young people and hope that by offering some financial support for things such as travel/commuting expenses, equipment or software more people might be encouraged to consider studying for a qualification in a subject related to renewable energy.”

Applicants must be at least 16 years old at the start of the course and living in local communities hosting Falck Renewables wind farms. They must be studying a qualification - for example an HNC course or equivalent - that would help them gain professional skills they can use in the renewable energy sector, preferably with a focus on wind energy. If successful they can apply for expenses to cover travel/commuting costs, training materials (books, software) and equipment.

The ten turbine Assel Valley wind farm, has been operational since October 2016 and it has three community funds - the Girvan and District Assel Valley Community Fund, the Barr Assel Valley Community Fund and the Pinwherry & Pinmore Assel Valley Community Fund. Each community has £25,000 a year available to community groups in the area and all three funds are administered by Foundation Scotland, an independent charity established to strengthen local communities by providing funding for community led projects.

More information on the student scheme and details of how to apply for the student grants available go to www.community.falckrenewables.eu