East Lothian wind farm adds 1.5MW to Scotland’s community energy network


Ferneylea wind farmBy DARA BUTTERFIELD

The official handover of the two 750 Kilowatt Enercon turbines at the Ferneylea Windfarm – near the Torness nuclear power station in East Lothian – has taken place.

The wind farm is the first power generation project owned by the Renewable Power Exchange – a new company with directors from fair-trade, social enterprise and community development backgrounds.

As well as developing wind and solar projects, Renewable Power Exchange is working with a number of housing associations including Berwickshire Housing Association and Castlerock Edinvar Housing Association. The 1.5 megawatt Ferneylea project was partly financed by Castlerock Edinvar Housing Association.

Community Energy Scotland Trading provided full project coordination and technical advice services at Ferneylea, assisting RPE in taking the project from consent through financial close, to construction and commissioning.

Jamie Adam, Community Energy Scotland, commented: “RPE is part of the Our Power supply company project, which aims to supply renewable electricity directly tenants of housing associations across Scotland and the turbines have proven their worth since erection last year and have already generated over 1GWh. ”

“Ferneylea’s output is amongst the first to be connected under the ARC project – Accelerating Renewable Connections – which is a grid initiative from Scottish Power Energy Networks, which Community Energy Scotland is also part of.”

The two new wind turbines at Ferneylea are also adjacent to the Hoprigshiels Windfarm site which is currently being developed by Community Energy Scotland Trading and Berwickshire Housing Association Enterprise.


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