The Udny Community Wind Turbine: a community energy case study
The Udny Community Wind Turbine is the first wholly community-owned, built, financed and operated wind turbine on the Scottish mainland. Made up of two villages in Aberdeenshire – Udny Green and Pitmedden – the community has a population of 2,500 and householders gave their backing for the turbine in a ballot held in 2008 following an extensive consultation programme.
The site chosen at Tillymaud Farm has a good wind resource with project engineers Green Cat Renewables estimating the average wind speed at hub height to be 7.6m/s.
The Enercon 800kW turbine installed is expected to produce at least 2.05GWh per year and the £1.45m project is forecast to move into profit in its second year of operation and eventually generate income of upwards of £100,000 a year. Profits will be ploughed into local initiatives decided on by the local community. Investing in sports facilities and helping local school-leavers prepare for work are among the causes set to benefit.
The Udny Community Wind Turbine company, one of the first of its kind in the country to benefit from the Feed-in Tariffs, looked at a number of options for selling their electricity before signing a power purchase agreement with SmartestEnergy.
“We first met the company at a Community Energy Scotland event and were impressed with the people we were dealing with and also the clarity of the information on both pricing structure and the terms and conditions,” said Garth Entwistle, chairman of the Udny company.
“The fact that SmartestEnergy both provided a personal level of service and had the backing of a major global company in the Marubeni Corporation was also attractive and gave us added comfort.”
Project : Udny Community Wind Turbine Co. Ltd
Commissioned: Summer 2011
Installed capacity: 800kW
For more information see the presentation at http://www.communityenergyscotland.org.uk/userfiles/file/Community%20Energy%20Conference%202010/Udny%20Community%20Wind%20Project.pdf