Trust, reliability and innovation: These are BayWa's most dearly held values and they provide the company with its strong sense of social responsibility. Founded as a cooperative in 1923, the company's main aim from its very inception was to meet fundamental human needs.
To protect our climate means more than simply generating power in a natural way: It is our constant endeavour to minimise long transport routes. And we're setting a good example ourselves by gradually converting BayWa AG's established sites to renewable energy. We are also engaged in projects abroad, such as in Ethiopia and Burma, where off-grid photovoltaic plants and other essential yet climate-protecting measures are being planned and plants are under construction.
We also select our suppliers carefully, and pay particular attention to manufacturing conditions, where we want to see the use of high grade durable materials produced with resource protection in mind, as well as the use of fair trade products. Our suppliers guarantee working conditions that are humane and socially acceptable.
With the manufacture of our own products we endeavour to give priority to the local economy, and will continue to do so. For example, our Novotegra installation system components are all made in Germany. The manufacture of our DC mains isolators and the pre-assembly of the individual components of our installation system, for example, have been undertaken by workshops run by the Bruderehaus Diakonie in Baden-Wuerttemberg for many years now. These workshops offer the disabled and those with psychological disorders many opportunities to take part in working life and to develop their potential.
Sustainability is also of paramount importance to our parent company BayWa AG. To find out more: BayWa sustainability.
It is common industry practice in the UK for wind farm developers to provide a charitable fund to local communities for the operational period of a wind farm.
The spirit of such funds is the concept of complementing the existing environmental, economic and employment benefits that already arise from wind farms by providing broader, socially and community focused funding for worthwhile projects in the areas surrounding a wind farm.
BayWa r.e.UK has established three community funds in relation to the Earl’s Hall, Cotton Farm and Kildrummy wind farms.
BayWa r.e. UK is working with local and national charitable bodies, such as the Community Foundation Network (CFN), to set up and administer charitable funds for its UK projects. Local charitable foundations that are already active in this space bring significant experience, capabilities and contacts and are able to identify linked-funding opportunities within the respective regions.
The CFN is a registered charity that leads a movement of community foundations committed to positive social change in the UK through the development of “community philanthropy. With more than £224m in endowed funds and providing about £70m in grants a year community foundations combined are one of the UK’s biggest non-statutory community grant-makers. Community foundations manage funds donated by both individuals and organisations, while creating endowments and connecting donors to local needs.
Fund Set Up
The level of funding for each project comprises a fixed minimum sum each year based on the installed capacity (MW) at that site. The payments are therefore independent of the energy output of the project, which gives more certainty to local residents regarding the level of funding available.
The area of benefit will typically cover the closest residential areas, which in some cases is up to 2km, in others up to 5km. Adjacent areas can also be included in the areas of benefit should the local people determine that important community activities are underway in adjacent areas.
Grant applicants do not need to be a registered charity, and nor do they need to be a community group (for example, if educational grants are identified as a high priority then charitable funds can be administered to individuals directly) but generally there are minimum “best practice” requirements that need to be met before funds can be administered.
The charitable funds will not be distributed solely to or through parish/community councils but such organisations are not excluded from applying for funding.
The role and remit of any charitable organisation administering the funding is defined by their constitution, best practice and rules around what constitutes a charitable purpose. If the local community determines that certain “non-charitable” purposes or applicants are a priority and the BayWa r.e. charitable administrator is unable to administer such funding then BayWa r.e. will work with the local community to consider whether those cases can also benefit from funding.
The decision as to how the funding is allocated will be made by a funding panel, comprising members of the local communities (c. 8 people). BayWa r.e. will not play a part in deciding where funding is made, it will only set out a limited set of purposes that are excluded (e.g. religion, politics, existing public services).
The process of fund set up would usually take between 9 and 12 months and may comprise some or all of the following steps:
- Focus group(s) held with residents and parish/community councillors from the core residential areas around the wind farm.
- Steering group established for the fund set up phase, which will comprise volunteers from the core residential areas and parish/community councils and which will be responsible for guiding the steps and timing in the fund set up phase.
- Web/postal surveys sent to residents to identify local charitable and community needs.
- Public meeting to present the results of the focus groups and surveys, to gather any further input and launch the fund.
- Consolidated framework document setting out the governing principles and administrative steps involved in distributing the charitable funds will be drafted.
- (+ Other steps to be determined by steering group).
A better future for the disadvantaged
The BayWa Foundation was founded in 1998. It initiates and supports sustainable educational projects around Nutrition and Renewables.
The BayWa Foundation is active nationally and internationally, with a particular focus on Germany. In all projects, support for educational initiatives is always at the forefront of our endeavours. We believe that the only way to enable people to help themselves in the long term, and to give the disadvantaged futureproof development opportunities, is through education.
What is so special about the BayWa Foundation?
- All donations flow directly into projects, as BayWa AG covers all administration costs of the Foundation.
- The BayWa AG matches all donations that flow into the BayWa Foundation.