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Ardrishaig Community Wind Farm 2015 Record Output

Posted on 01/01/2016 by James Lithgow

The Allt Dearg Community Wind Farm which is partly owned by the Ardrishaig community, has beaten the previous highest level of annual energy generation to set a new site generation record in 2015.

Allt Dearg has been the top performing mainland wind farm since generation started in late 2012. Storm's Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva and finally Frank that brought torrential flooding to Northern Britain this winter, also brought ideal wind conditions for energy production.  Together with a stormy spring and summer, the poor weather in 2015 helped push the wind farm's Capacity Factor to over 51%, beating the previous 50% record set in 2013.  Coming after the market turbulence caused by Scotland's Independence Referendum and more recently changes to UK renewable energy policy - the weather in Argyll has proved to be the wind farm's greatest and most resilient asset.

2015 also marked the passing of the £ 1/2 million milestone of direct community benefit - further underlining the significant benefits that local wind farm ownership can bring to host communities.

James Lithgow of Ormsary said: "The outstanding performance at Allt Dearg still continues to surprise us.  It will be a couple of months until the public data is published and we will know how Allt Dearg fared against other similar UK wind farms, but by any standards 2015 was a record breaking year.  These extremely high levels of energy production would not be possible without the excellent turbine maintenance provided by our local Vestas team, and the electricity grid support provided by the SSE line crews, often working all hours in terrible weather. "