An Edinburgh-based firm has been appointed by Bute Community Power to take plans for a wind power generation scheme on the island to the design and planning stage.
Locogen, a ‘multidisciplinary renewable energy company’ which develops its own projects and provides consultancy and installation services to landowners, farmers and other commercial clients investigating renewable schemes, is to study the feasibility of proposals for two turbines - each 47 metres tall from ground to blade tip - on a hilltop site near Auchintirrie farm to the west of Rothesay.
The company has already worked extensively on renewable energy schemes in Argyll and Bute, working with both communities and the local authority.
BCP chairman John Rushworth commented: “I am extremely pleased with the 43 expressions of interest towards the exciting and competitive selection process, and
delighted with the appointment of Locogen and moving forwards and upwards with the project to realise financial benefit for the community of Bute.”
Locogen’s appointment has been supported by a loan from the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), which provides loan funding for the pre-planning stages of renewable energy schemes which have “significant community engagement and benefit”.
Pete Mills, CARES development officer for the Strathclyde and Central region, commented: “Local Energy Scotland is delighted to support this project, and would encourage any other groups with similar aims and aspirations to Bute Community Power to contact us.”
The scope of work is to provide an in depth financial and design feasibility study to prepare a profitable, community owned, energy project design for
submission to planning.
BCP hopes to have the project ready to submit to Argyll and Bute Council for planning permission by the end of the current financial year.
Graeme Crawford, wind project developer for Locogen, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this project and look forward to working with Bute Community Power and helping them to achieve their objective of securing a low carbon source of energy generation and a sustainable source of income for the local
Bute Community Power Ltd was registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a ‘community benefit society’, under the terms of the Industrial and Provident Act 1965, in November 2013.
BCP held a site visit at Auchintirrie on July 23, and a drop-in Q&A session at St Paul’s Church Hall in Rothesay on July 30.