Leading renewable energy consultancy, SgurrEnergy, is the technical advisor supporting the UK’s largest community renewable energy project, Beinn Ghrideag community wind farm, on the Isle of Lewis.
SgurrEnergy provided technical and advisory services during the feasibility, development and financial close stages of the project, and has now undertaken the technical advisor role for the duration of the construction phase. The team has also been awarded the contract to provide operational management support once the wind farm has been commissioned to optimise the output of the wind turbines.
Developed by Point and Sandwick Development Trust, the 9MW project will be made up of three 3MW Enercon wind turbines. The pre-construction phase has commenced and, once commissioned, the wind farm 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 the profit to the local community.
Angus McCormack, Chairman of Point and Sandwick Development Trust said:
“We could never have achieved this without SgurrEnergy at our side to advise us. From the original feasibility study in 2006 through to the final negotiations for financial close, SgurrEnergy always went the extra mile on our behalf.
“Not only were they technically the best team of advisors we could have had, they were also whole-heartedly committed to our goal of community development. Working with them was an education and a privilege.”
Implementation Director, Steve McDonald, said:
“SgurrEnergy began 12 years ago working on community renewables projects, so it is a privilege to now work on the UK’s largest community renewable energy project and support it from inception to construction.
“It’s fantastic to see Beinn Ghrideag wind farm reach this milestone in its development and we look forward to working closely with Point and Sandwick Development Trust to support the project into operation.”
The wind farm is located west of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebridean Islands.