The UK’s largest community-owned wind farm – Beinn Ghrideag, near Stornoway – has successfully completed construction this week
This milestone has seen 3 x 3MW Enercon wind turbines installed on-site, with first energy production expected to be achieved in early summer.
Developed by Point and Sandwick Power, the wind farm will provide enough energy to power 6,000 homes and is expected to generate more than £36 million for the community over a 25 year lifetime by selling power to the grid and returning all profit to the local community.
Glasgow-based Sgurr Energy – a Wood Group company – has been supporting the developer with expertise spanning feasibility and development, contractual support and most recently, project management and technical advisory services during the construction phase.
With construction now complete, Sgurr Energy will undertake ongoing operational management support for five years to optimise the project’s energy production and ensure the best possible return for the community.
Calum Macdonald, Director, Point and Sandwick Trust, said: “Sgurr Energy has been more than a technical advisor and contractor throughout this project – the team has been a constant ally and firm supporter, straining every sinew to get the project to financial close and then to operation.”
Steve McDonald, implementation director at Sgurr Energy, said: “It has been a privilege to work with such committed community leaders in successfully delivering this momentous project and we look forward to continuing our support throughout the operation of Beinn Ghrideag wind farm.”