Borders community wind farm ‘highly commended’ for its housing benefits

The Hoprigshields wind farm was officially opened in 2017 by Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse (left).
The Hoprigshiels wind farm was officially opened in 2017 by Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse (left).

The Fishermen Three windfarm that Community Energy Scotland jointly built with Berwickshire Housing Association has been praised by judges at the British Renewable Energy Awards in London.

The 7.5MW development at Hoprigshiels in the Borders was ‘highly commended’ by judges who recognised the partners success in developing the project to achieve social benefits.

The windfarm should inject £30 million into affordable housing and the non-profit sector as well as supporting activities chosen by the community itself.

‘The Fisherman Three’ wind farm near Cockburnspath is the first wind farm in the UK to have been developed by a housing association as a means of funding new homes for social rental.

The wind farm was launched in March 2017. By supplying energy to the National Grid, it will create revenue for the housing association to allow them to build 500 new homes over that period. 

CES Chief Executive, Nicholas Gubbins, said: “We look forward to many years of sustainable and reliable income to support the core aims of our charities. The Fisherman Three will hopefully inspire other community groups and housing associations to develop renewable energy projects.”

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