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STÒRAS UIBHIST LOCH CARNAN COMMUNITY WIND FARM. Loch Carnan Community Wind Farm Iochdar Hill was deemed to be most promising due to: Strong low cost grid.

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1 STÒRAS UIBHIST LOCH CARNAN COMMUNITY WIND FARM

2 Loch Carnan Community Wind Farm Iochdar Hill was deemed to be most promising due to: Strong low cost grid connection with minimum loss through transmission Fully exposed from all wind directions 10m/s average wind resource The site is easily accessible Developed area Not covered by environmental designations The nearest houses are far enough away not to be adversely affected by noise.

3 Loch Carnan Community Wind Farm Next Steps: Inclusion in Business Plan Development staff in post 2008 Consideration of feasibility and viability Identify project requirements Secure a site Planning permission Secure finance Grid connection Community support

4 Loch Carnan Community Wind Farm

5 Current Project development: Site identified and assessed Viability established Grant of £80,000 secured to take project to planning EIA commissioned Scoping report submitted Met Mast installed Initial discussions commenced with financers

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8 Loch Carnan Community Wind Farm The EIA – for planning in the broadest sense. Dynamic Design Visual impact Noise Logistics, transport and access Ornithology Ecology and hydrology Cultural heritage Socio –economic impact

9 Loch Carnan Community Wind Farm

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11 Three 2 MW turbines Less visual impact, including to the nearest residents. Smaller footprint Ornithology interests. More cost effective Increase in community benefit 6 MW from 4.5MW. Lease based on MW installed

12 Loch Carnan Community Wind Farm The Turbines: Vestas V80 60m Hub height 40m Blade length 100m to tip Class 1 turbine

13 Loch Carnan Community Wind Farm The Site: Iochdar hill Common grazing Negotiations are currently underway Access track - seeking to identify a solution which will: minimise disruption Reduce impact on local residents and business Prove cost effective Reduce environmental impact The access track would be maximum 3km. Each turbine requires a hardstanding area of 40m x 20m and a concrete base. Sub Station box unit for electrics.

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16 Loch Carnan Community Wind Farm Finance: Total project cost - £6.7m Application to Big Lottery Fund Equity Loans Anticipated revenue: Year 1 £350,000 Years 2+3 £500,000

17 Loch Carnan Community Wind Farm Timeline: Lease agreement – October 2008 EIA completed - November 2008 Community Consultations – November/ December 2008 Planning Application Submitted - December 2008 BLF application submitted - December 2008 Planning Application decision - April 2009 BLF decision - May 2009

18 Loch Carnan Community Wind Farm For more information: Kirsty Campbell Development Manager


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