EDF opening of Corriemoillie Wind Farm.

A new local education and training scheme has been launched in the Highlands to coincide with the opening of a windfarm.

EDF Energy Renewables has officially opened its Corriemoillie windfarm, near Garve.

The 17 turbines have a generating capacity of 47.5 megawatts (MW) – enough low carbon electricity to supply the average annual needs of nearly 29,000 homes.

Local residents and community councils joined pupils from Strathgarve Primary School at the opening, which also marked the launch of a new scheme to financial support to community initiatives over the next 25 years.

The new Corriemoillie Community Fund will provide more than £240,000 annually over the lifetime of the windfarm, with the cash to rise in line with inflation.

It also includes a ring-fenced programme that has been set up to support a range of education, apprenticeship and training opportunities, primarily linked to the renewables and energy sector.

Matthieu Hue, chief executive of EDF Energy Renewables, said: “In continuing our development programme to bring new renewable energy assets on stream in Scotland we are proud to be a strong partner for the local economy and we are delighted to extend our support to local communities.

“The special education and training fund established for the Corriemoillie site is specifically designed to equip local residents with the necessary skills to take up employment opportunities. Importantly is can also be used by local small businesses to create new job opportunities.”