Bute community wind application due soon

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Bute Community Power’s planning application for its Auchintirrie wind project will go live in the next few weeks.

BCP members attending the organisation’s AGM in Rothesay were told the application had been submitted to Argyll and Bute Council, and that BCP - set up as a ‘community benefit society’ - remained committed to its vision of community profit generated for Bute through renewable energy.

Chairman Jim Osborne told the meeting that interest has already been expressed by potential partners in the project who are keen to support community ownership and a green economy with reduced investment in fossil fuels.

Mr Osborne also reminded the meeting that past surveys of the population of Bute, in 2009 and 2011, had shown the local population overwhelmingly supported the development of community-owned renewables on the island.

BCP is pursuing the development of two 250 kW turbines on Auchintirrie farm. The submitted planning application is supported by a feasibility study and the supporting environmental assessment documents are available for download, in PDF format, from the BCP website at www.bcp.coop.

Mr Osborne also thanked the membership for their confidence in unanimously re-electing the board to take the project through the next stages.

BCP’s board comprises Jim Osborne as chair, Peter McDonald as treasurer and Reeni Kennedy Boyle as secretary, while Boyd Alexander is the society’s project manager.