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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

       Electric.

 

• 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

      early 2014.

 

 

For up to date photos of the site visit our facebook page.

 

If you would like any more information on our renewables projects please get in touch.

Turbine complete 1Green_round office@uogltd.com