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."

Moy Wind Farm Facts

    • Number of turbines 20
    • Effective capacity 60MW
    • Turbine type Nordex N100/3300kw R75 IEC1a (3.3MW each)
    • Hub height of turbines 70m
    • Power supplied Equivalent to 34,000 homes*
    • Spend £10m for Scottish companies**
    • Community benefit fund Amount available: £4,500 per MW per year for the lifetime of the project***

Intention for how the fund will be used: projects that will benefit the local areas surrounding Moy Wind Farm.

Community energy tariff –Highlands Wind (Co-operative Energy)

The remaining power from Moy Wind Farm will be used for a new green collaborative tariff between Eneco and the Co-operative Energy called; Highlands and Mearns Wind. The tariff, will be offered to residents living near to the wind farms and within the community areas that Eneco have been active in. Customers will be invited to sign up with the Co-operative Energy for the new tariff which is competitively priced and has the added benefit of being 100% renewable.

Zoisa Walton, Eneco UK’s Country Director said; "The Moy Wind Farm is a significant project in Eneco’s portfolio for a number of reasons. It’s the last wind farm in our current portfolio to become fully operational in Scotland and we are pleased to announce the long-term partnership with Mars. This also leads us into the next phase of our business, providing renewable energy to those living close to our wind farms as we launch a new retail tariff. We are pleased to be able to offer our new community tariff, in collaboration with the Co-operative Energy to the residents of Moy, Tomatin and the surrounding area this summer."

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For further information, please contact Judith O’Leary at O’Leary PR on 0131 5263190 or judith@olearypr.co.uk.

Seona Shuttleworth at Eneco on 01926 331217 or seona.shuttleworth@eneco.com.

Note to editors

*Equivalent to 34,000 homes. Based on RenewableUK calculations. Further details about the calculations can be found on the RenewableUK website

**BoP - Balance of Plant Contract.

***Community benefit fund of 4,500 per MW. £270,000 per year and £6750,000 over 25 years.

****Eneco UK launched the Highlands and Mearns Wind energy tariff in partnership with Co-operative Energy in May 2016.

About Eneco UK Ltd:

Eneco UK (www.eneco.co.uk) based in Warwick is a sustainable business in renewable generation, incorporating both large-scale onshore wind and solar assets. Since 2008, the business has built an impressive portfolio of five wind farms in Scotland amounting to 200 MW of capacity. In 2013 Eneco opened an additional office in Dochfour, near Inverness to support this growing portfolio in Scotland. The Warwick based company supplies high profile businesses including Heineken, AkzoNobel, Mars and Unilever. The 10 MW solar project, based in Swindon provides an innovative direct supply to Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM).

Future

After building a successful asset base, Eneco UK moved into the retail market with partners Co-operative Energy to launch a new domestic tariff in May 2016. The company continues to work with partners to offer sustainable energy solutions for both consumers and businesses.

About Mars, Incorporated

Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned business with more than a century of history and some of the best-loved brands in the world including M&M’S®, PEDIGREE®, DOUBLEMINT® and UNCLE BEN’S®. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars has more than $33 billion in sales from six diverse business segments: Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience. More than 80,000 Associates across 78 countries are united by the company’s Five Principles: Quality, Efficiency, Responsibility, Mutuality and Freedom and strive every day to create relationships with stakeholders that deliver growth we are proud of as a company. For more information about Mars, Incorporated, please visit www.mars.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.