Allt Dearg was previously the subject of a much larger scale proposal by a utility developer which was refused planning permission in 2007. However, it was clear that a smaller scale, locally developed scheme may be an acceptable alternative, so the two landowners, Ormsary and Stronachullin Estates, teamed up with Lomond Energy to find the right project for the site.
Ormsary has a long history of renewable energy and hosts four small hydro schemes on the Estate which contribute to its running costs. Like many similar rural communities, the Estates needed to diversify to secure the socio-economic future of the area. Allt Dearg Community Wind Farm now underpins a sustainable future for this fragile rural community and also delivers a wider local benefit to the neighboring Ardrishaig Community through its shar eof the project.
The Allt Dearg and Srondoire Community Wind Farms website provides further details of this unique project and charts its development history from planning and design to operation through a comprehensive photoblog.
Cruach a’Phubuill, 9km south of Ardishaig, South Knapdale, Argyll
|Apr 09 - Dec 09||Environmental assessment|
|Jul 11 - Nov 11||Planning permission granted|
|Sep 11||Construction start|
Financing completed, contractors mobiliised, main site access road in construction.
12 turbines, each 81m to blade tip, 10.2MW total capacity
Ormsary and Stronachullin Estates, Lithgows Ltd, Ardrishaig Community Trust and the Ventus Funds (together Allt Dearg Wind Farmers LLP). Bank finance provided by the Co-operative Bank.
Development project management