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Wind Farms Deliver For Local Communities

Posted on 08/05/2019 by James Lithgow

Over the last five years Allt Dearg and subsequently Srondoire Community Wind Farms have delivered very real social and economic benefit to their surrounding Argyllshire Communities. Cash received by the Communities as a result of their ownership in the two projects is approaching £1million, and the total bursary payments to local young people in further education topped £250k in January this year.

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Wild Fire Threatens Wind Farm

Posted on 19/04/2019 by James Lithgow

A wild fire lit up the skyline above Loch Fyne last night, burning scrub and grassland to the east of the wind farms. The A83 trunk road was briefly closed as the fire threatened the main transport artery to Kintyre. The Ormsary Estate Emergency Team, equipped with the specialist tools needed to tackle hill fires, joined the local Fire Brigade teams to ensure there was no risk to life or structures. This morning at first light the Ormsary Team set out up the Srondoire hillside and extinguished the blaze as it approached neighbouring tree plantations using an ATV mounted fire pump.

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Sròndoire Reaches Full Export Three Years Early

Posted on 08/06/2018 by James Lithgow

When Sròndoire Wind Farm first connected to the grid, there was a limit on the total allowable export. In wet and windy weather, when the 500 kW hydro scheme, which shares Sròndoire's grid connection was at full power, the wind farm was limited to 5.4 MW, around 90% of full output. After several years of complex legal and contractual review Scottish Hydro Power Distribution have removed this contractual limitation, to allow the wind and hydro stations to maximise their production and power exports.

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Community Benefit Payments Top £ 1 Million

Posted on 30/04/2018 by James Lithgow

This week Allt Dearg Wind Farm distributed over £135,000 to the Community Trust which holds Ardrishaig’s share in this locally owned wind farm. Together with the recent payments to the Tighnabruaich and Tarbert Trusts who hold similar shares in the neighbouring Sròndoire Wind Farm, and the wind farms’ contributions to the local Educational Trust, this brings the total direct community benefit payments from these projects to well over £ 1.1 million. This is a significant milestone for the projects, and highlights the socio-economic advantages of local ownership in wind power; despite its relatively small capacity Allt Dearg is the single largest contributor of community benefit payments in Argyll.

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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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