MSP launches phase 2 of local community share wind project
With work now getting underway on building two community-owned wind turbines at Wemyss Bay, Inverclyde, local people have a second chance to buy shares and join the Small Wind Co-operative which is behind the project.
Phase 2 was launched in Glasgow on Tuesday night by Stuart McMillan, MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde. While the first phase attracted over 300 members from throughout the UK, for phase 2, people living within 20 miles of the project are being given priority membership until November 1st.
Stuart McMillan, MSP, said: “It’s great news that work is about to start on the Kellybank turbines, supporting initiatives that improve employment prospects and grow a further sense of community in Inverclyde. And now local people have a second chance to join the co-operative and benefit directly from owning a share in these wind turbines. The impressive levels of electricity generated from wind recently are evidence that we should be investing in Scotland’s enviable potential for a clean and reliable source of energy for our future.
“The Scottish Government will ensure that by 2020 at least half of newly consented renewable energy projects will have an element of shared ownership like this one. And we will argue for Scottish control of our share of feed-in tariffs to help promote community ownership schemes.”
The Kellybank site is just above the town of Wemyss Bay, east of the Clyde estuary where the winds blow in from the islands to the west. The community fund from the Kellybank turbines will be targeted to support initiatives which improve employment prospects and which grow a sense of community in the local area.
It’s easy to join the Small Wind Co-op, using the application form in the comprehensive Offer Document, available to download at the Small Wind Coop website www.smallwind.org.uk