The Renewable Energy Fund (REF) is a fund set up and administered by the Council to distribute developer contributions from Windfarm developments within East Ayrshire.


There are currently three operational windfarms making a contribution to the Renewable Energy Fund:

Whitelee windfarm

View or download REF criteria for Whitelee Windfarm (PDF 109KB)

Due to an oversubscription of applications, the next submission date for applications seeking funding from Whitelee Windfarm fund will be 31 January 2020.

Hare Hill windfarm extensions

View or download REF criteria for Hare Hill Windfarm Extensions (PDF 110Kb)

Galawhistle windfarm

View or download REF criteria for Galawhistle Windfarm (PDF 109Kb)

Who can apply

Applications to the REF are welcomed from constituted voluntary and community groups; social economy or social enterprise projects or from local authority or other agencies (only where the project is community based, is new and does not represent a substitution of core business activities).

Projects must also fit the REF criteria.

How to apply

If you have a project in mind that you think meets the criteria, please contact the Democratic Services Section.

View or download the REF:

Contact Information


Democratic Services Admin
Council Headquarters
London Road
East Ayrshire