Wind turbines ‘could generate £1m for Bute’

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

Two community-owned wind turbines could generate profits of £1 million for Bute over the next 20 years, according to a new report.

The predicted figure appears in feasibility study work carried out for Bute Community Power on proposals for two 250-kilowatt turbines on land at Auchintirrie farm in the centre of the island.

Initial photo-montages of the turbines were presented at a general meeting of BCP in Rothesay this week, when members unanimously voted to continue the work on the feasibility of the project.

The organisation, formed in November 2013 as a ‘community benefit society’, intends to launch a share issue to fund the scheme, subject to a planning application being approved by Argyll and Bute Council.

As a community benefit society, BCP is required to contribute any profits it makes to the local community. It hopes to raise £5 million for the island in the space of 25 years through renewable energy projects.

The feasibility study work is being carried out by Locogen, a ‘multidisciplinary renewable energy company’ appointed in August to take the project through to the planning stages. A planning application is expected to be submitted by the end of the current financial year.