Christmas lights bring ‘joy, wonder and magic’ to Keith

The company behind the Keith Greener Grid Park is helping to spread Christmas cheer throughout the northeast town by making an £800 donation to Keith’s festive decorations.

Europe’s largest renewable energy producer, StatKraft has joined other local businesses to support the powering of the Christmas lights throughout the festive period.

Following another year hit by the coronavirus pandemic, not forgetting Storm Arwen, the Keith Community Council has once again worked tirelessly to light up the Moray town as part of its Christmas celebrations. 

Statkraft’s world-leading Greener Grid Park located near the transmission substation in Keith, is set to help prevent blackouts across the UK by mimicking the role played by a power station, but without the use of harmful fossil fuels.

Donal Murphy, Statkraft, said: “The entire Statkraft team believes that giving back to the local community is of the utmost importance, so we’re proud to be involved with an event that means so much to so many people.

“We’ve already brought significant investment into the town, but with our ambition as part of the Keith Greener Grid Park to ‘keep the lights on’ in homes across the UK, we felt the theme and timing was perfect to support the town’s Christmas celebrations.”

The community’s popular light switch-on took place on Saturday 27 November. The community decorations are supported by local businesses and team of local volunteers, who invest time and money into the ongoing repair and maintenance of the lights.

Festive cheer

Callum Stuart, Keith Community Council, said: “With all that is happening in the world, it is more important than ever that those who have suffered loneliness, isolation, or have had their mental health impacted due to the pandemic, have some festive cheer.

“The lights might seem such a small thing, but they are the beginning of a happy time of year full of joy, wonder and magic and we’re very grateful to the support from Statkraft in ensuring our Christmas was just as sparkly as ever!” 

In addition to the powering of Keith’s Christmas lights, Statkraft is also sponsoring tree planting at Keith Country Showground. Acting as effective and natural carbon off-setters, 350 trees will be planted by the show committee. It is also hoped that the new woodland will attract and reintroduce various species of animals – as well as act as an effective wind barrier during the popular Keith Show.