‘Achiltibuie welcomes one of first community-owned turbines in the Highlands’

Wind turbines at Findhorn Ecovillage make the community a net exporter of electricity.

A new £1.8 million wind turbine project has just been turned on in Achiltibuie, Wester Ross. It will be owned and managed by the Coigach Community.

According to Energy Voice, this will be the first large community-owned turbine in the mainland Highlands. Isn’t Findhorn in the Highlands? It will provide around £2 million of benefits over its estimated 20 year lifespan for the local population of 271. According to the Energy Voice article:

‘The turbine, near Achiltibuie, is now producing power which is supplied to the National Grid. The resulting income will be used to improve local services and infrastructure, help establish new businesses, provide bursaries and fund training for all ages.’

I know of at least a few more of these, in Huntly and in Udny (Aberdeenshire). There were actually 37 in  total by 2015 according to the Energy Saving Trust.

https://www.energyvoice.com/otherenergy/137357/achiltibuie-welcomes-one-first-community-owned-turbines-highlands/

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/sites/default/files/reports/Community%20and%20locally%20owned%202015%20report_final%20version%20171115.pdf

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5 thoughts on “‘Achiltibuie welcomes one of first community-owned turbines in the Highlands’

  1. JGannon April 26, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    Just want to thank you for keeping me up to date – it’s much appreciated 🙂

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    • johnrobertson834 April 26, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      My pleasure. Gives me a good reason to do it. Hope you mare sharing with waverers.

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  2. BSA April 26, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Since Highland Council hijacked the ‘Highlands’ name for commercial reasons there is confusion over where the ‘Highlands’ are. I thought Gigha had a community wind turbine years ago and Gigha along with the rest of Argyll and everything north of the Highland Boundary Fault also qualifies.

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