Westray Development Trust was founded in 1999. By 2005, when the first wave of development projects had been completed, trustees had realised that if they were to be able to continue the work of the charitable trust and keep on employing staff, they would need to secure income for the trust. The groundbreaking decision to pursue community ownership of a wind turbine led to Westray Development Trust having one of the first big community-owned wind projects to be commissioned. Charities have restrictions on trading, and also need to ensure that risks from trading are kept separate from the charity, so the first of the trust’s trading subsidiaries (Westray Renewable Energy Ltd) was set up to manage the wind turbine. In 2012 a second trading subsidiary was set up as a community interest company. Westray Enterprise CIC was set up to take on projects that weren’t considered ‘primary purpose trading’ but a review in 2014 led to the dissolution of the company which completed in October 2015.