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Ballantrushal Wind Energy Project Factsheet

Phase 1

Phase 1 of the project was delivered by Galson Energy Ltd. which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn at that time.

The total project cost of the first turbine phase was 2.4m (plus VAT) with other funds sourced from various parties including The Co-operative Bank, BIG Lottery Fund, Scottish Governments Renewable Energy Investment Fund and Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn itself.

The turbine was supplied by Enercon GmbH at a cost of around 1m (exc. VAT). The substation was supplied by Graeper GmbH and the switchgear contained within was supplied by Schneider Electric. Enercon appointed local sub-contractors UB Civils, Duncan Mackay & Sons and DJ Macaulay to construct the turbine foundation.

Site preparation works were undertaken by Prelec Ltd. using local businesses, North West Aggregates of Borve as civil engineering sub-contractors and Total Design of Back as engineering design consultants. Green Cat Renewables were appointed to undertake Project Management of the Balance of Plant works, on behalf of the contractor.

Galson Energy Ltd. was strongly supported by Community Energy Scotland and local advisors Anderson MacArthur & Co, CIB Services, Campbell Construction Services, Kevin MacRae Electrical plus Uist Archaeology during the project development. Others who have supported the project include, Galson Motors, Hebridean Plant Hire, Stornoway Port Authority, Stornoway Shipping Services, DR Macleod, Colin Anderson, Electrical Advisor, Ballantrushal and Upper Shader Grazings Committee, Horshader Community Development Trust and Tolsta Community Development Trust. A contract for the sale of electricity to the market is in place with Co-op Energy which is particularly attractive as it provides monthly income flows to assist operational cash flows.

SMINIG ENERGY SOCIETY LTD T/A URRAS ENERGY SOCIETY IS A COMMUNITY BENEFIT SOCIETY REGISTERED WITH THE FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY NO: 7020 REGISTERED OFFICE: UOG BUSINESS CENTRE, TOM NA BA, SOUTH GALSON, ISLE OF LEWIS, HS2 0SH 2014

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