Community names new renewable project - Twinshiels Wind Farm

Today (10th September 2014), members of the Mearns community helped celebrate the opening of Eneco’s Tullo II Wind Farm (25MW) near Laurencekirk in a ceremony that saw the project be given a new name – Twinshiels Wind Farm.

Twinshiels Wind Farm as it will now be known is a 10 turbine, 25MW development with a capacity to generate energy to power 14,0001 homes. It adjoins Eneco’s first UK investment, Tullo Wind Farm – a seven turbine, 17MW development that has been in operation since 2010.

To mark the occasion guests from the local community were invited to a celebration at Fasque House before being given a tour of the Wind Farm. Laurencekirk Primary School who had taken part in a competition to design posters that would be displayed at the base of the turbines were also in attendance. The winning name for the wind farm, Twinsheils provided by Matthew Robson, aged 16 of the South Mearns Explorer Scout Group was also spectacularly revealed to guests for the first time through a 10m poster on the spindle of a turbine located at the heart of the wind farm.

A woodland walk to presrve and promote the biodiversity of the area was also opened on the B9120, in the Collardo area near to the wind farm site. It is hoped that the 1.5km walk will encourage further growth of natural habitat flora and fauna as well as increasing wildlife such as birds, bats and small mammals.

Built at a cost of £26m and taking (two years) to construct, Eneco’s investment has bought benefits to the community. Notably an enhanced community benefit fund valued at £86,000 per year for the lifetime of the two developments – Tullo and Twinshiels.

Guy Madgwick, UK Director, said: “Twinshiels is a significant achievement in Eneco’s ambition to create sustainable energy for Scotland. This project is a result of the positive relationships fostered with the community in developing the original Tullo Scheme. Building on this success, we continue to work with the local community and we are pleased to see the community benefit find is already making a positive difference. We are pleased to be working with The Mearns Area Partnership (MAP) to facilitate more ambitious projects going forward.”

Pieter Tavenier, Director, Eneco Wind, said: “The original Tullo Wind Farm was an important step for Eneco as it represented our first UK investment in 2009. It is good to see that the success of this wind farm has paved the way for not only Twinsheils Wind Farm but also our future investments including the Lochluichart Wind Farm commissioned earlier this year and our acquisitions of the Moy and Burn of Whilk Wind Farms in the Scottish Highlands. These represent significant steps towards Eneco’s vision of making sustainable energy available for all.”

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NOTE TO EDITORS

1Based on RenewableUK calculations. Further details about the calculations can be found on the RenewableUK website http://www.renewableuk.com/en/renewable-energy/wind-energy/uk-wind-energy-database/figures-explained.cfm

About Eneco
Eneco (http://corporatenl.eneco.nl/) applies an integrated distribution strategy and specialises in the production, transmission, trading, supply and metering of energy (electricity, gas and heat) and related products and services. Eneco is making a transition to becoming a sustainable energy company and will make substantial investments in the area of sustainable energy during the coming years. Eneco develops sustainable projects working on wind power, solar power, biomass and heat. In total, the company serves approximately two million business and domestic customers. Eneco employs 7,000 people (6,300 FTEs). The company’s head office is located in Rotterdam.

About Eneco UK
Eneco UK (www.eneco.co.uk) is based in Warwick and headed by Director, Guy Madgwick. The UK wind portfolio includes Scottish onshore projects: Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms, fully operational with a combined generating capacity of 42MW, located in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire; Burn of Whilk Wind Farm (22.5MW) located west of Wick, Caithness – currently under construction; Moy Wind Farm (60MW) in The Highlands – currently under construction; Lochluichart Wind Farm (69MW) in The Highlands – fully operational and Macritch Hill, a proposed 54MW wind farm located in Angus that is being developed in partnership with Scottish Water. Eneco is also a 50:50 development partner in the Navitus Bay offshore wind project located to the west of the Isle of Wight. In November 2013, the company acquired its first solar project in the UK - the 10MW Sevor Solar Farm near South Marston, Swindon.

Source: Eneco UK