The Udny Community Wind Turbine: a community energy case study

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Published: August 2011
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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

Location:    Aberdeenshire

Technology: Wind

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

 

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Udny Project wins Green Energy Award (Dec 2011)

Residents of a rural Scottish community are celebrating after winning a major award for their pioneering renewable energy project.  The Udny Community Wind Turbine was named as best Community Initiative at the 2011 Scottish Green Energy Awards in Edinburgh.

The 800kW turbine in Aberdeenshire - the first wholly community-owned, built, financed and operated project of its kind on the Scottish mainland - began exporting electricity to the grid earlier this year through a power purchase agreement with SmartestEnergy.

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 with profits ploughed into local initiatives decided on by the local community.  Iain Robertson, SmartestEnergy’s Scottish-based Deputy Head of Generation Sales who has worked closely with the Udny team, said:

“The Udny project is a fantastic example of local people working together to deliver significant long term benefits for their community and it was fantastic to see their achievements recognised at these flagship awards.”

Udny Community Wind Project