Alness Transition Town Group
Ecodyn was employed to progress the wind feasibility study for 2x2.3MW/3x800kW turbines completed by an approved consultant and develop the project plan. This included outlining the business case (including reviewing sources of funding) and legal agreements; hold consultations with statutory and community organisations; progress formal discussions with statutory agencies about the proposed site.
At an early stage of the project we advised that the community should investigate a smaller wind turbine at an alternative location (<100kW) as current grid constraints would not allow for the larger project to become a reality for several years. This resulted in Ecodyn working on developing two projects classified as ‘small’ and ‘large’ wind. For the former we assessed the Alness Community Council area and identified suitable sites based on constraints. Once we identified the best site we have been completing all the necessary land agreements, pre-planning consultation with statutory consultees (such as SNH, SEPA and Historic Environment Team), and supporting documentation associated with the planning application. We are also investigating funding mechanisms to make the project a reality. For the larger project we have taken the opportunity to source funding to complete critical pre-planning assessments for the site. With the use of CRESP funding we have completed ecological and ornithological assessments, transport assessment (including swept path analysis), Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, archaeological and cultural heritage impact and a hydrology, hydrogeology and geology assessment. In addition, Lease and Options Agreements have been developed, and we are actively investigating sources of funding (including 100% debt finance).
This project also involved investigating other renewable energy options in the area. As part of this we have been involved with progressing a potential community hydro project on the National Forest Estate. As a result, Ecodyn have experience in dealing with the National Forest Land Scheme and developing community projects on land belonging to Forestry Commission Scotland.