Eneco UK has officially opened its new 60MW Wind Farm, located close to the villages of Moy and Tomatin in Inverness-shire – with a coat of arms designed by a nine-year old local school girl.
Lois Ferguson from nearby Strathdearn primary school won the competition for the design which was unveiled before members of the local community and special guests including sustainability expert Leo Johnson.
It was presented on a large scale poster placed on one of the turbines at the wind farm as part of the official opening celebrations.
The project was first carried out by Carbon Free Developments Ltd and received consent in February 2012 from the Scottish Government. Eneco purchased the rights to develop and construct Moy Wind Farm and in January 2014 after Scottish Ministers consented to increase its capacity from 50MW to 60MW.
The wind farm comprises 20 turbines supplied by Nordex and will produce enough energy to supply Mars UK and Eneco’s community energy tariff.
The wind farm was constructed after a 22-month build period, which involved local Scottish contractors, including Morrison Construction, who signed a Balance of Plant (BoP) contract up to the value of 10 million and Scottish and Southern Energy Contracting (SSEC), their electrical sub-contractors.
A community working group has been set up to supervise how the pledged benefit fund from the wind farm will be invested – this totals £4,500 per installed MW throughout the lifetime of the wind farm.
Hugo Buis, Generation & Storage Director of Warwick-based Eneco, said; “The success of Eneco’s wind farms in Scotland has paved the way for not only Moy Wind Farm but also our other investments including Burn of Whilk commissioned last year and Lochluichart which opened in 2014, also located in the Highlands.”
Confectionery maker Mars UK will take most of the energy produced by the 60MW wind farm on a 10 year supply agreement. The partnership enables Mars to demonstrate its existing commitment to renewable energy and use 100% renewable electricity for all Mars UK factories and offices – 12 sites in total.
The remaining power from Moy Wind Farm will be used for a new green collaborative tariff between Eneco and the Co-operative Energy, called Highlands and Mearns Wind.
Zoisa Walton, Eneco UK Director, said; “The Moy Wind Farm is a significant project in Eneco’s portfolio for a number of reasons. It’s the last wind farm in our current portfolio to become fully operational in Scotland and we are pleased to announce the long-term partnership with Mars.”
Barry Parkin, Mars’ Chief Sustainability Officer, said; “As a result of our partnership with Eneco, Mars’ entire UK operations and our best loved brands are now powered by 100% renewable electricity, an important step in reducing our carbon footprint in the UK.”