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Community company’s power plans for Bute

Bute Community Power is working on plans for a small installation of one or two wind turbines to contribute towards the island's energy needs.

Bute Community Power is working on plans for a small installation of one or two wind turbines to contribute towards the island's energy needs.

 

A new co-operative has been formed on Bute to look at ways of generating green energy to benefit the island community.

Company secretary Reeni Kennedy-Boyle told The Buteman that BCP was already working on a project which could see a small number of wind turbines erected on the island.

“Any wind energy needs to take cognisance of the Argyll and Bute Landscape Wind Energy Capacity Study, and needs to be commercially viable, otherwise there’s no point in pursuing it, so we are looking at either a one turbine or two turbine project that meets those two criteria,” Mrs Kennedy-Boyle said.

“We want the company to be one hundred per cent community owned. Community-owned energy isn’t about only getting investment from people with lots of money in the bank. It does involve people, and we’re very keen that everyone on Bute should be able to become a member.”

* Read this story in full in the May 16 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.

 

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