Whitemill Bay, Sanday

Sanday Development Trust

Find out how this Orkney community benefits from a partnership with SSE

rippled white sand beach

Providing benefit to locals and visitors

Sanday is one of the outer north islands of Orkney. Sixteen miles long, and famous for its stunning white sandy bays, it is home to more than 500 people. 

The community has had a development trust since 2004, and it has delivered a wide range of projects which are benefiting both the islanders and visitors. One source of income has been through a renewables partnership with SSE. 

We've worked to support them over many years, including funding for a development manager and administrator. 

Community energy in practice video.


Find out how a partnership with SSE has created a vital income stream for community development. See our short film, play on the left. 


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We have a co-venturing agreement with SSE. We have a 10% share of the whole windfarm. It works very well. It's a safety net that has helped other projects."
Sandra Towrie, Chairperson, Sanday Development Trust

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