(Publication Date 30th March 2011)
Those who attended the Public Meeting in the Burgh Hall in February will have heard that we were finalising our application to the Climate Challenge Fund to support pre-development work for our community wind turbine project.
We recently received the great news that our application has been successful.
The wind farm pre-development work will involve anemometry, ornithology, environmental impact, and consultation with MOD, SNH, the National Park, Argyll & Bute Council, Civil Aviation Authority, and many other stakeholders before we reach the planning stage. It will take over a year and will also involve community consultation. So we still have a long way to go before even starting the development, but this funding is a huge step forward.
This planning application was a huge project in itself, and we owe a great deal to our two liaison officers, Jenny Brotchie at Climate Challenge Fund, and Iona McDonald at Community Energy Scotland, and to our Community Action Plan consultant Stephen Singer at Community Links Scotland.
The Rosneath Peninsula West CDT received nearly £250,000, which was the second highest award in all of Scotland. This represents an enormous step in the Trust’s ambitions to transform our community.
As part of this package we have also been awarded funding to employ a Carbon and Energy Reduction Officer (CERO) to work in our area to reduce household energy bills. The CERO will work for a year using a thermal imaging camera and wireless energy monitors to assist homes on the peninsula cut down on their bills.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Our next Public Meeting is on Saturday May 7th, at 2pm in the Burgh Hall when we will unveil the Community Action Plan, introduce our CERO and answer your questions on the wind project.
A provsional timetable for the day is
2.00pm – 3.00pm Publication of Community Action Plan and questions on future plans.
3.00pm – 3.30pm Introduction of the CERO and outline of methodology.
3.30pm – 4.00pm Questions on wind energy technical study.
We hope to see as many members as possible there and also extend a welcome to non members who want to find out more about the Trust.