Wind and solar farms
The Eneco Team in Inverness manages the Eneco UK renewable assets with a strong focus on Health and Safety, Community Engagement and technical optimization. The team is certified for Asset management according to ISO 5500001 and provides Asset Management Services for other renewable asset owners.
The original Tullo Wind Farm scheme (17MW) was commissioned in 2009. In the construction of the project, we undertook to provide opportunities for local contractors and suppliers. The result was:
In addition to stimulating local opportunities during the construction process, Eneco also provides a benefit fund which will be in place throughout the lifetime of the project. The fund is administered and allocated by the Mearns Area Partnership (MAP) in support of local projects.
Twinshiels Wind Farm (25MW) was comissioned in June 2014. The Tullo Wind Farm community benefit fund has been bolstered due to Twinshiels Wind Farm becoming operational.
Eneco has developed a wildlife walk, which is located near to the Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms. The wildlife walk has been put in place to provide an educational and recreational resource for local communities to enjoy for the lifetime of the wind farm and beyond. The walk is designed to encourage and increase wildlife in the area.
The Loch Luichart Wind Farm (54 MW) and extension project (18 MW) was commissioned in June 2014. We continued our commitment to provide opportunities for local contractors and suppliers which resulted in an estimated £3.5m investment in the local area.
A community fund is also provided that supports local projects throughout the lifetime of the wind farm. This is administered by the Loch Luichart Community Trust, a charitable organisation involving democratically elected members of the community to oversee the allocation of the fund.
Eneco has invested in an educational resource, known as the Aultguish Tourism Bothy, which is located near to the wind farm and provides information about renewable energy and the history of the local area to its visitors.
For more information, please visit the Loch Luichart Wind Farm website.
The Burn of Whilk Wind Farm (22.5MW) was commissioned in August 2015. The wind farm was constructed after a 14 month build period which involved Scottish contractors totalling more than £8m in contracts for Scottish companies.
A community fund will provide local residents with non-formal learning bursaries for the lifetime of the wind farm– the first time an Eneco benefit fund has been used in this way. The scheme is administered by Lybster & Tannach, a charitable organisation established to manage the Burn of Whilk Wind Farm community benefit fund. For more information, please visit the Lybster & Tannach website.
The community surrounding the wind farm is rich with archaeology. Eneco supports a local Trust known as ‘Yarrows Heritage Trust’ whose aim is to preserve and enhance access to all aspects of Yarrow’s historical, cultural and natural heritage and to raise the profile of the area as a recreational resource for local people and for visitors. More information about Yarrows can be found on the Yarrows website.
For more information, please visit the Burn of Whilk Wind Farm website.
The Moy Wind Farm (60MW) was commissioned in April 2016. During the construction of the project, Eneco provided opportunities for local suppliers and contractors which resulted in a c.£10m investment in Scottish companies.
A community benefit is provided that supports local projects within the local communities throughout the lifetime of the wind farm.
For more information, please visit the Moy Wind Farm website.
Sevor Farm Solar was commissioned in April 2014 after a four month build period.
Since the completion of the project, Eneco has worked with the local community to provide initiatives such as educational and recreational activities. A pupil at the nearby school designed the logo for the solar farm and soon there will be interpretation boards containing information about the local community that will be located around the perimeter of the solar farm.
For more information, please visit the Sevor Solar Farm website.
The Oaklands Solar Farm (5 MW) was commissioned in January 2017. The farm was bought from Good Energy Group PLC who constructed and operated the site since January 2016.
Supplying high profile companies around the UK, Eneco UK has made a firm commitment to producing and supplying sustainable energy and conceiving smart sustainable energy solutions. The energy produced at the Oaklands Plantation solar farm will meet the demand of its growing business base. Good Energy Group PLC will continue to manage the day-to-day operation of the solar farm.
This solar farm demonstrates the continued commitment to creating sustainable partnerships and satisfying the growing business demand for renewable energy.