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Exploring Community Owned Electricity Generation
The Garve & District Energy Group continue to explore opportunities and options for community owned electricity generation. Ullapool, Applecross and many more places now have wonderful community owned schemes up and running, generating income and power for their communities. It's time to see what we can do for Garve & District!
In your response to our annual Energy Group surveys and from your attendance at Energy Group events, you have consistently told us you would like to see a community energy project in place. When we asked you last year “should GDCE continue to explore the viability of opportunities for community owned energy generation projects?” 95 out of a 101 households who returned the survey form replied YES, you should.
Over the past few years we’ve looked at a number of possible sites within our community boundary, (mostly on burns within Forestry land offered for development under the ‘Forest Renewables’ scheme), and sought expert opinion about their potential, none of which gave us the confidence to progress to detailed project planning.
More recently, we’ve explored the possibility of using the Black Water river its self, involving Proterra, a local hydro expert and installer to give us an initial view on viability and the sort of system that is now generating electricity further downstream on the Brahan Estate. This has proved to be more encouraging and were it not for current Covid restrictions, this would have been the subject of the first of six ‘community workshops’ that had been planned within our ‘Green for Go’ project, funded by our ‘Investing in Communities grant.
So please take a look at the video of our ‘walk about’ with Proterra at Black Water, come and join us outdoors for a community meeting - give us your feedback and ask questions.
There is potential to seek external funding, to consider the environmental impact and give us an initial cost/benefit analysis before progressing a development at Black Water, and of course we need full community support to take this forward.
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