Absolute ‘Hoolie’ helps to drive new 60kw Tobermory wind turbine

Cllr Rod McCuish and Tobermory school pupil Cailean McClean 'christen' the Absolute Wind turbine
Local Cllr Rod McCuish and Tobermory school pupil Cailean McClean christen Miss Hoolie – the Absolute Solar and Wind turbine

The Scottish island that provides the backdrop for the BBC children’s programme Balamory, has a new reason to celebrate as it welcomes the latest addition to its sustainable energy effort.

Absolute Solar and Wind has installed a new 60Kw capacity wind turbine at the Glengorm Waste Management facility for Argyll & Bute Council.

Absolute, a family-run company with 10 years’ experience, invited primary school children to enter a ‘name the turbine’ competition. The prize included having their name etched on a specially designed plaque to commemorate the install in addition to receiving a cheque of £500 to support the school’s Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) projects. 

More than 70 suggestions were put forward from local primary schools, with Councillor Roderick McCuish, Chairman of Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee tasked with judging the responses.

Cailean McClean, a P7 pupil at Tobermory Primary School suggested the name ‘Miss Hoolie’, which was selected by the Councillor McCuish. When asked what inspired the name, Cailean said: “Because this was a ‘Balamory’ character and ‘hoolie’ is Scottish for very windy.”

Councillor McCuish said: “I can’t think of a more appropriate name for a wind turbine on Mull.

“Young Cailean has to be congratulated on being so imaginative. I like the fact that ‘Miss Hoolie’ is linked to the local area because of the Balamory connection and also linked to the weather, which is particularly meaningful and essential for the turbine to generate lots of power.

“The wind turbine that Absolute Solar and Wind has installed with the council delivery team is a welcome addition and paves the way for the future of the energy output on Mull. There is no doubt that it will deliver real benefits for the community.”

A cheque was presented to the school by Graham Provest, Managing Director, Absolute Solar and Wind.

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