Ballantrushal Wind Energy Project Factsheet
• Galson Energy Ltd. was the development company for the project.
• Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn was granted full planning permission for three wind turbines at
Ballantrushal in May 2009
• The total project cost of the first turbine phase is £2.4m (plus VAT) with other funds sourced from
various parties including The Co-operative Bank, BIG Lottery Fund, Scottish Government’s
Community and Renewable Energy Scheme and Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn itself
• The turbine has been supplied by Enercon GmbH at a cost of around €1m (exc. VAT). The
substation was supplied by Graeper and the switchgear contained within was supplied by Schneider
• Enercon appointed local sub-contractors UB Civils, Duncan Mackay & Sons and DJ Macaulay to
construct the turbine foundation.
• Site preparation works were undertaken by Prelec Ltd. using local businesses, North West
Aggregates of Borve as civil engineering sub-contractors and Total Design of Back as engineering
design consultants. Green Cat Renewables were appointed to undertake Project Management of
the Balance of Plant works, on behalf of the contractor.
• Galson Energy Ltd. has also been strongly supported by Community Energy Scotland and local
advisors Anderson MacArthur & Co, CIB Services, Campbell Construction Services, Kevin MacRae
Electrical plus Uist Archaeology during the project development. Others who have supported the
project include, Galson Motors, Hebridean Plant Hire, Stornoway Port Authority, DR Macleod, Colin
Anderson, Electrical Advisor, Ballantrushal and Upper Shader Grazings Committee, Horshader
Community Development Trust and Tolsta Community Development Trust.
• A contract for the sale of electricity to the market has been concluded with Co-op Energy and this
will be its first community wind customer. This arrangement is particularly attractive to Galson
Energy Ltd. as it provides monthly income flows which will be critical in the early stages of operation
when cash flow will be a major challenge.
• Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, has undertaken a community consultation on priorities for investing
the future wind energy income over the long -term. Summary results are on the homepage of the
website and progress is now being made on setting up an initial community fund to operate from
For up to date photos of the site visit our facebook page.
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