Boyndie Wind Farm Co-operative ~ the First Wind Farm Co-operative for Scotland
The seven turbine project at Boyndie airfield was the first scheme in the Scotland portfolio to obtain a green light and was approved in January 2004 by Aberdeenshire Councils Banff and Buchan Area Committee. Work on the Boyndie wind farm started in June 2005 and represents an investment of 10-15 million. The 2 MW Enercon turbines generate enough clean, green energy to supply around 8,500 homes and stand at a height of 100m to tip. Local firm Morrisons have finished building the wind farm in conjunction with Enercon.
Boyndie Wind Farm Co-op, www.boyndie.coop was established in 2005 to purchase a share of the wind farm. Five local residents joined the board and successfully completed the share launch, raising the target of 730,000.00. Profits from the sale of the green electricity produced are distributed to members through an annual payment. Preference for joining the scheme was given to people living in the area to maximise the economic benefits to the local communities around the Boyndie development.
Falck Renewables are working in partnership with Energy4All to promote community owned schemes across Scotland. There is an agreement with Falck that they will work with Energy4All to create a local co-op on every one of their Highland wind farm sites.
Falck Renewables currently have 6 wind farms in the UK with a capacity of 231 MW either operating or in construction. In addition, Falck have a further 630 MW of projects in various stages of development.
To visit the Boyndie website please click here.