Allt Dearg Community Wind Farm

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.

Key Facts

Location:

Cruach a’Phubuill, 9km south of Ardishaig, South Knapdale, Argyll

Timeline:

Mar 09 Scoping
Apr 09 - Dec 09 Environmental assessment
Jul 11 - Nov 11 Planning permission granted
Sep 11 Construction start
Dec 12 Commissioning

Current Status:

Financing completed, contractors mobiliised, main site access road in construction.

 

Size:

12 turbines, each 81m to blade tip, 10.2MW total capacity

Local Benefits

  • Sustainably underpins the long term socio-economic and environmental future of two large estates through self ownership generated revenues.
  • Community ownership of one wind turbine to secure a  long term, sustainable income in support of a major local regeneration project.
  • Local jobs through construction and operational support
  • Improved public access to site

Environmental Benefits

  • 40 million units of carbon-free electricity annually, equivalent to the consumption of 8,000 homes
  • Creation of a habitat & land management plan to preserve and enhance the nature conservation value and landscape qualities of the site
  • Supports the continued development of traditional and sustainable farming and land management practices

Project Partners

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.

Our Role

Development project management

Downloads

Press Release

Project Information Flyer

Non-Technical Summary of the Environmental Statement

Photomontages from Ellary, Ardrishaig, Lochgilphead and Kilfinan