Latest Update – August 2020
This is the latest update on the Barrmill community wind turbine project. Despite the hard work and investment by Barrmill and District Community Association (BDCA), the project has unfortunately been deemed to be not financially viable. This is due to a number of factors including the withdrawal of the Feed In Tariff subsidy mechanism for community scale projects, and also North Ayrshire Council’s latest Landscape Capacity Study indicating that there is “no scope” for wind turbines greater than 50 metres to tip height (top of turbine blade when vertical) to be accommodated in the area, meaning a planning application would be highly unlikely to be granted.
In January 2020, it was agreed between BDCA and Local Energy Scotland that, on this basis, BDCA should progress a Write-Off Application. One of the conditions of the Write-Off Application is that the local community be informed of this action. The application is to revert the drawdowns taken to date from the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) Pre-Planning Loan (granted in 2014) to a grant. Unfortunately, the 5% contribution BDCA were obliged to pay towards each invoice claimed for under the loan is not reimbursable, this amounts to approximately £3,600.
Local Energy Scotland expects a decision to be made on the Write-Off Application late-autumn 2020. A further update will be provided to the community once this decision has been made.
If you want any further information about the project or the Write-Off Application, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Barrmill and District Community Association