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Landscape Impact of Wind Farms

Posted on 15/02/2018 by James Lithgow

Much is made of the landscape impact of wind farms. The Allt Dearg and Srondoire Community Wind Farms fund a rolling program of environmental and landscape improvement works as a condition on their planning consents. These works help mitigate the more distant impact of the turbines in the landscape.

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Community Wind Farms Deliver For Rural Argyll

Posted on 12/02/2018 by James Lithgow

Argyll & Bute Council have published details of the Community Benefit payments made by Argyll's Wind Farms in 2017. For the fifth consecutive year Allt Dearg wind farm has set the highest standard for community benefit paid out in Argyll, both in terms of absolute amount and Pounds per MW installed. Whilst Allt Dearg and Sròndoire together now represent less than 5% of the county's installed generation capacity, the community and locally owned wind farms contributed over 38% of the total direct benefit paid out in Argyll.

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Allt Dearg Smashes Production Record in 2017

Posted on 12/02/2018 by James Lithgow

The Community owned wind farm beat its 2015 record last year, exporting over 44.5 GWh, thanks to near perfect wind conditions and excellent reliability of the generation plant and electrical network. The locally owned project has been amongst the top performing wind farms in the UK since production started in 2013. The UK average “Capacity Factor” for onshore wind was just over 27% in 2017, Allt Dearg managed 52% Capacity, making it the best performing large wind farm on the UK mainland ( the Orkney Islands enjoy higher wind speeds) . Allt Dearg’s average Capacity over the last five years has been 49%, significantly better than the national average capacity factors for both off-shore wind and hydroelectricity.

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Wind Powered Education Continues to Benefit Local Communities

Posted on 12/02/2018 by James Lithgow

Sixty students from Argyll will be supported in the 2017 – 18 academic year, up from the thirty-nine young people funded in 2016-17, through £63k of support grants from the Educational Trust established by the landowning partners in the Allt Dearg and Sròndoire Community Wind Farms .

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Construction Work Finishes Up at Allt Dearg

Posted on 28/11/2017 by James Lithgow

The final restoration works on the Allt Dearg Wind Farm were concluded in November. Darren Lowe of George McNaughton and Son, the Lochgilphead based firm that built the roads and supporting infrastructure at Allt Dearg and Srondoire Wind Farms, was the first person to start work on the survey road in February 2011. Nearly seven years later Darren was back on site to put the finishing landscaping touches to the main borrow pit, which provided most of the road stone used on site.

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Funders change at the Allt Dearg and Sròndoire Wind Farm

Posted on 07/11/2017 by James Lithgow

The community owned wind farms are now helping to pay the pensions of university staff across the UK.

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New Vestas Crew Start at Allt Dearg

Posted on 27/07/2017 by James Lithgow

Two new Vestas wind turbine technicians have started work at Allt Dearg and Srondoire Wind Farms. James Armour and Robbie McTaggart have recently been recruited by Vestas to replace the previous site crew, who have left Vestas Celtic and have moved on to Vestas offshore turbines. James and Robbie are both local boys from Campbeltown, and are presently undergoing the training required to take on our V52 and V80 turbines.

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Windy Bus Tour Dates for 2017

Posted on 03/02/2017 by James Lithgow

Allt Dearg and Sròndoire Community Wind Farms will be operating the popular wind farm bus tour through the summer on four Saturday mornings.

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Allt Dearg & Srondoire Raise The Bar On Community Benefit In Argyll

Posted on 08/12/2016 by James Lithgow

Argyll & Bute Council have published details of the Community Benefit payments made by Argyll's Wind Farms in 2016. For the fourth consecutive year Allt Dearg wind farm has set the highest standard for community benefit paid out in Argyll, both in terms of absolute amount and Pounds per MW installed. Whilst Allt Dearg and Sròndoire together represent just over 5% of the county's installed generation capacity, the community and locally owned wind farms contributed over 32% of the total direct community benefit paid out in Argyll.

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Wind Farm Educational Trust Provides a Bigger Helping Hand to Argyll's Youngsters

Posted on 18/10/2016 by James Lithgow

Thirty-nine young people from Argyll will shortly be receiving the first installment of their 2016-17 support grant from the Educational Trust established by the landowning partners in the Allt Dearg and Sròndoire Community Wind Farms .

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