A 100% community-owned whisky distillery? What a dram fine idea?
The new Glen Wyvis Distillery in Dingwall has just opened and as well as being 100% community-owned, it’s powered by 100% renewables-based energy. The distillery has 3 150 backers who contributed variable amounts after two crowd-funding campaigns.
This is particularly good news given that, at the last count, only 29 out of 102 distilleries were owned by firms based in Scotland and of those only three are big sellers – Macallan, Highland Park and Glenfiddich. Almost as many are owned by London-based firms like Diageo with brands like Talisker and Lagavulin. France’s Pernod Ricard have 13!
See this on the distillery’s environmental credentials:
‘At the distillery, all energy will be produced using the renewable technologies – hydro, wind and solar – that are already used by The Flying Farmer on the farm. An advanced heating system will be powered by chip biomass. This follows extensive research and a study that was part-funded by Highland and Islands Enterprise to prove the most economical and environmental heating system for the distillery. The preferred option, the chip biomass heating system, will be used for the production process and will benefit from the current Renewable Heat Incentive over a period of 20 years. A separate report is available that details the full findings of the study.
Environmental benefits: Minimise carbon emissions:
- From 15,000KWh (year 1) to a maximum of 67,000 KWH of non-thermal energy will be provided by on-site renewables
- The thermal energy used for distilling will be produced by biomass on-site
- Some 100,000kW of clean green energy is already exported from the site and would be available’