Community wind project gets green light

The board of a community wind project in Scotland has announced they will go ahead with the scheme, despite UK Government subsidy cuts.

The Heartland Community Wind board announced on 10 August that their twin turbine project in Perthshire will definitely be installed in October.

The project has now raised more than £1.4m through a community share offer, which is still not fully subscribed, but the board has successfully renegotiated payment terms, so it will go ahead.

“Planning consent and a grid connection have been secured for some time, so the project was locked into the Feed In Tariff before recent DECC statements,” said Jon Halle on behalf of the project.

“This means that we can go ahead with the installation in October as planned and should be generating before Christmas.

“Despite the Government announcements, there is still a steady stream of enquiries and applications,” added Mr Halle. “People who wish to join to show their support for onshore Scottish wind power, should do soon as the shares are available on a first-come, first served basis.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues