From Moy to Mars…and back!
- Eneco’s 60MW Moy Wind Farm opens with unveiling of coat of arms designed by local pupil
- Mars UK is announced as the company that will receive the renewable generating capacity to power their UK operations
- Remaining power will be made available to the local community through Highlands Wind tariff, a co-initiative between Eneco and The Co-operative Energy
Today (Thursday 12 May 2016), local, European and global guests helped Eneco UK Ltd (Eneco) open the 60MW Moy Wind Farm, located to the south of Inverness close to the villages of Moy and Tomatin.
A coat of arms for the wind farm was designed by nine-year old competition winner, Lois Ferguson from Strathdearn Primary School. The design was unveiled to members of the community, special guests including sustainability expert Leo Johnson, local school children and representatives from Mars, Incorporated. It was presented on a large scale poster placed on one of the turbines at the wind farm as part of the official opening celebrations.
Moy Wind Farm
The project located on the Moy Estate near Inverness was first carried out by Carbon Free Developments Ltd and received consent in February 2012 from the Scottish Government. Eneco purchased the rights to develop and construct Moy Wind Farm and in January 2014, Scottish Ministers consented to increase its capacity from 50MW to 60MW. The wind farm comprises of 20 turbines supplied by Nordex and will produce enough energy to supply Mars UK and Eneco’s community energy tariff.*****
The wind farm was constructed after a 22 month build period, which involved local Scottish contractors, including Morrison Construction, who signed a Balance of Plant (BoP) contract up to the value of 10 million and Scottish and Southern Energy Contracting (SSEC), their electrical sub-contractors.
Over this time Eneco has worked closely with the community on a number of initiatives during the construction phase of the project. A community working group has been set up to see how the pledged benefit fund from the wind farm will be invested; this totals £4,500 per installed MW throughout the lifetime of the wind farm.
Hugo Buis, Eneco’s Generation & Storage Director said; "Moy Wind Farm is an important step for Eneco’s portfolio in the Scottish Highlands. It is good to see that the success of Eneco’s wind farms in Scotland has paved the way for not only Moy Wind Farm but also our other investments including Burn of Whilk commissioned last year and Lochluichart which opened in 2014, also located in the Scottish Highlands. These represent significant steps towards Eneco’s vision of making sustainable energy available for all."
Mars UK and Moy Wind Farm
The partnership between Eneco and Mars was also announced. Mars UK will take most of the energy produced by the 60MW wind farm on a ten year supply agreement. The partnership enables Mars to demonstrate its existing commitment to renewable energy and use 100% renewable electricity for all Mars UK factories and offices - 12 sites in total.
Barry Parkin, Mars’ Chief Sustainability and Health & Wellbeing Officer said; "We are proud that as a result of our partnership with Eneco, Mars’ entire UK operations and our best loved brands are now powered by 100% renewable electricity, an important step on our ‘Sustainable in a Generation’ journey and to reduce our carbon footprint in the UK. We are happy to be part of the Moy Wind Farm story, and we look forward to partnering with Eneco and working closely with the local community in the years ahead."