Bute wind project info on show

Bute Community Power hopes to erect two 250kW wind turbines on land at Auchintirrie farm, near the centre of the island.
Bute Community Power hopes to erect two 250kW wind turbines on land at Auchintirrie farm, near the centre of the island.

Information on Bute Community Power’s plans for two wind turbines on a hilltop site near the centre of the island will be available at a public drop-in event in Rothesay this weekend.

Photo-montages of the organisation’s proposed project at Auchintirrie farm will be on show at Rothesay Golf Club this Saturday, March 21, between 12 noon and 4pm.

A similar event was held at the Port Inn in Port Bannatyne last weekend, and a third and final session takes place at Ettrick Bay Tearoom from 12 noon to 4pm on Saturday, March 28.

Bute Community Power hopes to generate around £1 million for the island from the two Auchintirrie turbines, which would each have a capacity of 250 kilowatts.

BCP was set up in November 2013 as a ‘community benefit society’, meaning it is required to contribute any profits it makes to the local community.

It initially hoped to raise £5 million for the island in the space of 25 years through renewable energy projects, although project manager Boyd Alexander warned in January that continuing falls in ‘feed-in tariff’ rates - the incentives offered by government for generating electricity from renewable sources - could eventually lead to the project becoming unfeasible.

A planning application is expected to be submitted soon.