|Glenfarg Renewable Energy Association faqs|
What is Glenfarg Renewable Energy Association and why was is set up?
Glenfarg Renewable Energy Association GREA was set up by members of the Glenfarg community. Its aim is to promote renewable energy for the benefit of the village and surrounding area. It was set up in response to the Glenfarg Conversation – a survey in which local residents expressed views as to issues of local importance. Among these issues was renewable energy and energy conservation.
Why does GREA not concentrate on other forms of renewables rather than wind?
The first thing that GREA did was to arrange an Energy Awareness Day which focussed on the help available for reducing energy bills. Next, GREA undertook a study to look at the opportunities for hydro power. This study can be viewed at www.glenfarg.org. Despite a lot of hard work, the hydro opportunities have proved difficult to take further. This does not mean that GREA has no interest in hydro as a renewable. On the contrary, it is likely, in the future, to merit further work – as will photo-voltaic (solar) power. For the present, however, GREA has decided that the best opportunity lies in a community owned wind turbine. We have a site, a grid connection offer and a project which shows a good return for the community
What are the benefits of a community-owned wind turbine?
There are two key benefits. The first is that it is possible to generate sufficient renewable electricity to offset all the electricity consumed by the village and surrounding area. This means that we can be proud to be part of a greener community. The second benefit is financial. The power generated will be sold into the national grid and will earn money. Part of this money will be required to pay the cost of financing the turbine - but the profit will be available for distribution for community benefit.
How much money will the wind turbine make?
As we do not yet know the detailed costs or the selling price (or Feed in Tariff) of the electricity it is not possible to give a precise figure at this time. However, it will be a substantial amount. Over the 25 year life of the turbine it could earn as much as £1m to £2m for our community.
What will this money be spent on?
This is for the community to decide. The Glenfarg Community Council is already thinking about the best way to develop a vision for our community. This will involve a great deal of public consultation and engagement. As far as the money itself is concerned, this will be managed for the community by an independent trust (such as Foundation Scotland - which does this kind of thing for a large number of communities throughout Scotland). Local people will decide on the investment of the money - much as in the case of the Lochelbank Wind Farm.
Where will the turbine be?
The turbine will be located at Jubilee Plantation about 2.5 km south west of the village. It will be behind the pylons and beyond the crest of the hill.
Will the wind turbine get the go ahead?
The turbine will be built on land owned by the Forestry Commission Scotland FCS. FCS invited interests in developing renewable energy at Jubilee Plantation, and GREA made an expression of interest. A site would be made available for lease through the National Forest Land Scheme.
What about the grid?
A grid connection offer has been received by GREA. The proposed connection is 90% underground with a low level, 10m high, overhead closing connection to existing grid structures.
The government is actively encouraged local communities to develop and manage their own renewable energy schemes for the benefit of the community, and now is the time to act before this support is removed and we miss out.
We need your support for many reasons. We will need to convince the Forestry Commission Scotland that we have the support of the community, and gaining planning consent will be a lot easier if we have strong local support. It is important that you let us know if you support what we are doing. The best way to do this is to say so in the Community Council questionnaire which you can complete on-line here