CARES Enablement Grant (BaT3 CSO) Monthly Report (31/05/20)
  • EKREG Ltd sent out Invitations to Tender on 15 May 2020 for the provision of financial and legal assistance to support the potential community investment in the Beinn an Tuirc 3 windfarm development. The experienced independent advisors will advise the community on all financial and legal aspects associated with the investment, from the incorporation and setting-up of the correct community vehicle, assessing the investment proposition through to finalisation of the funding packages.

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Earraghail Renewable Energy Development - Scoping Request (01/05/20)

ScottishPower Renewables have submitted a formal Scoping Request to the Scottish Government in relation to a proposed renewable energy development located at Earraghail on Skipness and Corranbuie Forests, north of Skipness and south of Tarbert. Full details can be found at Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit

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CARES Enablement Grant (BaT3 CSO) Monthly Report (30/04/20)
  • EKREG Ltd have signed MoU with the CSO invited Community Councils (EKCC, WKCC, CCC) to act on their behalf in the CSO offer
  • Initial Outline Community Share Ownership Offer received from Scottish Power Renewables
  • EKREG Ltd have registered new Community Benefit Society Model Rules with FCA

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Local Energy Scotland- Enablement Grant (BaT3 CSO) Success (14/04/20)

EKREG Ltd are pleased to announce they have been successful in their application for a Scottish Government Community & Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) Enablement grant of £25,000.  This funding will be used towards the costs for financial and legal advisors that the Community will need along with any set-up costs for the Community Investment Vehicle, should the Shared Ownership in Beinn an Tuirc 3 Term Offer from SPR be financially attractive to the Community. 

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East Kintyre Local Development Plan 2020-2025 (1/04/20)

Carradale Community Trust and East Kintyre Community Council have released their  2020-2025 East Kintyre Local Development Plan.

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Airigh Windfarm Planning Application Announcement (24/3/20)

We can confirm from Energy Consents Unit Scotland that the Scottish Ministers have approved Airigh Wind Farm planning application.  A copy of the decision letter is available to view at reference number ECU00000471 or search Airigh Wind Farm on the Scottish Government Energy Consents website at the following link: www.energyconsents.scot 

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Beinn an Tuirc 3 Teleconference with Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) (18/03/20)

Due to the developing Covid 19 crisis, EKREG along with representative from East/West Kintyre, Campbeltown and Arran Community Councils had to move to a teleconference with Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) and their financial advisors to discuss both community benefits and community investment in Beinn an Tuirc 3 Windfarm (now under construction).  It was agreed that EKREG will be the engagement vehicle for SPR until such time as the community investment vehicle is established. If successful, this could be the first multi-community investment in a non-subsidy windfarm in Scotland

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The East Kintyre CC Windfarm Trust Fund - Open for Applications (01/03/20)

Attention all community groups - The East Kintyre CC Windfarm Trust Fund is now open for applications. Details can be found on this website at EKCCWFT.  Applications close 23 April 2020.

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The Cour Windfarm Community Benefit Fund - Open for Applications (24/02/20)

Attention all community groups - The Cour Windfarm Community Benefit Fund is now open for applications. Details can be found on attached flyer (Applications close 30 April 2020)

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Narachan Windfarm Application (12/02/20)

EnergieKontor UK Ltd has applied for planning consent pursuant to Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, for the installation and operation of a wind farm comprising 17 turbines with ground to blade height of up to 180m and an accompanying electricity storage facility, with a total generating capacity exceeding 50 MW. If you wish to make any representation please check out the full details at Narachan Wind Farm Development on ECU website and submit your representation.

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EKREG Presentation to Southend and The Laggan Community Councils (29/1/20)

EKREG were delighted to meet with Southend and The Laggan Community Councils to give a presentation on Community Shared Ownership in Wind Farms.  Following the meeting, both Southend Community Council and The Laggan signed Memorandums of Understanding for EKREG Ltd  to take the lead and explore community shared ownership opportunities on their behalf.

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EKREG Meeting with Community Councils and Development Trusts (23/1/20)

EKREG held a very successful and constructive meeting with representatives from East Kintyre, West Kintyre, and Campbeltown Community Councils, as well as South Kintyre Development Trust, Carradale Community Trust and Machrihanish Airbase Community Company to update the communities on the work EKREG has been undertaking over the last 5 months and how we might best progress CSO.  The presentation provided clarification on current discussions and the future pathway.  

Briefing Note           

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Sheirdrim Windfarm Application (27/12/19)

SPR (UK) Ltd has applied to the Scottish Ministers for consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to construct and operate Sheirdrim Renewable Energy Development including 19 turbines with ground to blade height of up to 149.9m.  If you wish to make any representation please check out the full details at Sheirdrim Renewable Energy Development on ECU website and respond by 31 January 2020.

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Windfarm Planning Application Announcements (19/12/19)

We can confirm from Energy Consents Unit Scotland that the Scottish Ministers have decided the following planning applications:

Tangy IV - Approved

Clachaig Glen - Approved 

Killean  - Refused (Decision Letter)

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EKREG Ltd to lead Shared Ownership negotiations on behalf of local communities (11/12/19)

Agreements are now in place for EKREG Ltd  to take the lead and explore community shared ownership opportunities in new/repowered local wind farm developments on behalf of East Kintyre Community Council (EKCC), West Kintyre Community Council (WKCC), Campbeltown Community Council (CCC) and South Kintyre Development Trust (SKDT).

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Potential Hydro Sites in East Kintyre (5/12/19)

Five sites on Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) land within EKCC boundaries were identified as possible community interest hydro sites and registered with FLS.

To find out more click the full report at: A Technical and Economic Scoping Study of Potential Hydro Sites Based on Forest and Land Scotland land within the EKCC Boundary.

A useful report to read alongside this is "Linking Local Power and Local People" - A Review of potential commercial arrangements for facilitating ‘Virtual Private Wire’ grid connections.

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Narachan Windfarm Information session (4/12/19)

EnergieKontor UK Ltd, will be holding an information session on the proposed Narachan Windfarm on Wednesday, 4 December from 4 - 7pm in Carradale Village Hall.  Narachan Windfarm is located east of Tayinloan at Narachan Hill. The information session will also be presented at Tayinloan Village Hall on 3 December (4-7pm). 

This is a follow up to the Q&A session held on 19 September with an
updated /revised layout and showing the zone of theoretical visibility.

Papers lodged by EnergieKontor can be found on the Scottish Governments Energy Consents Unit website and inserting Narachan in the search button.

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EK Community Open Day (9/11/19)

The Carradale Community Trust Planning Group, with the help of the East Kintyre Community Council, are ready to present a series of local development options to the community at their Open Day on 9 November 2019.  Come along and find out what windfarms are in the pipeline and how East Kintyre Renewable Energy Group could help assist in achieving a long term community development plan. 

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EKREG Ltd to lead Shared Ownership negotiations on behalf of local communities (16/10/19)

Agreements are now in place for EKREG Ltd  to take the lead and explore community shared ownership opportunities in new/repowered local wind farm developments on behalf of East Kintyre Community Council (EKCC), West Kintyre Community Council (WKCC) and South Kintyre Development Trust.

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Narachan Windfarm Q&A Info Session (19/9/19)

As part of the work of the East Kintyre Renewable Energy Group (EKREG), a meeting was arranged for Ciorstaidh Couston, a Project Manager with EnergieKontor UK Ltd, to hold an 'informal' Q&A/Drop-in session on 19 September in Carradale Village Hall aka Narachan Windfarm. The event was reasonably well attended by local residents.  If consented, Narachan will constitute one of the largest wind farms yet in Kintyre with up to 22 turbines up to 200 metres tall proposed. It will be situated on the edge of the EKCC boundary on the ridge between Deucharan and Cour Windfarms and will likely be visible from some distance including Carradale Harbour and Golf Course as well as from West Kintyre.  Papers lodged by EnergieKontor can be found on the Scottish Governments Energy Consents Unit website and inserting Narachan in the search button.

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