Blane Valley Carbon Neutral Group

June 12, 2013

This project started with an overview appraisal of renewable energy resources in the Strathblanefield area, together with an assessment of energy demand.  This revealed a handful of hydro sites with modest potential and a greater number of potential wind turbine sites, ranging from domestic-scale (15kW) up to community-scale (around 5MW).  There were also significant opportunities for establishing a community-scale biomass heating operation and for bulk-purchase community-scale solar thermal and PV installation programmes.

From this foundation, we established a prioritised short-list of potential projects and looked into them in greater detail.  Given the objective of the Group to make a significant difference to the carbon footprint of the area with acceptable environmental impacts, the hydro schemes were quickly dropped and attention was concentrated on the medium- and large-scale wind projects, with a view to maximising environmental and financial return on investment, both to achieve the objectives of the Group and to provide funds to re-invest into other schemes.  An extensive community consultation on various options was subsequently completed and as a result of this the project was unfortunately abandoned.

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