The entrance to Beinn Ghrideag, the wind farm owned and operated by Point and Sandwick Trust   Picture by Sandie Maciver of SandiePhotos Photography.

Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust is delighted to have been shortlisted in the Scottish Charity Awards, announced today (Friday, May 4).

Two years ago, PST won a Green Energy Award from the renewables industry for its community-owned wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag on the outskirts of Stornoway.

This time, the nomination is for charity work – for its funding and support of community projects with the profits from the wind farm – and the Trust is particularly proud to be a finalist in the Celebrating Communities category.

The Awards are run by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the national body representing the interests of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

The shortlist includes 40 individuals and organisations from across the third sector in Scotland and members of the public can have their say by voting for their favourite entry from all the categories in the People’s Choice Award – to do so, vote online at www.scvo.org.uk/vote by May 18.

All the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 14, hosted by Sally Magnusson and held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Angus McCormack, Chair of Point and Sandwick Trust, said: “We are so pleased to be recognised by the Scottish Charity Awards, even more so for our shortlisting in the Celebrating Communities category. As a Trust we built and operate the UK’s biggest 100 per cent owned community wind farm for the express benefit of our local community and the wider Western Isles.”

Run annually by the SCVO, the Awards are open to any voluntary organisation, charity, community group or individual charity volunteer or staff member, and celebrate the life-changing work they do and their dedication to making Scotland a better place to live.

There are eight categories – Charity of the Year, Charity Champion, Demonstrating Digital, Pioneering Project, Terrific Trustee, Leading Light, Celebrating Communities and Cracking Campaign.

Shortlisted alongside Point and Sandwick Trust in Celebrating Communities are: Autism Rocks (Fife), Caithness KLICS, Larkhall & District Volunteer Group (LDVG) and Inverness Foodstuff.

In 2015, Point and Sandwick Trust’s Beinn Ghrideag wind farm was named Best Community Project at the Scottish Green Energy Awards.

That award was for outstanding performance in the Scottish renewable energy industry – and the wind farm is known throughout the UK industry for its high technical performance.

The charity started up in 2005 and the turbines began generating power in November 2015. It is the largest community-owned wind farm in the UK in terms of output, generating nine megawatts from its three turbines. And every single penny of its profits go back into the local community.

It is expected to make £900,000 profit this year, enabling it to support a wide range of good causes, from major lifeline donations such as the £55,000 a year to Bethesda Care Home and Hospice to £500 for local schools in Point and Sandwick to buy bicycles for children with additional support needs so they can enjoy the freedom of cycling.