Ore Valley Housing Association celebrates recognition of community wind turbine project

Andrew Saunders, CEO at Ore Valley Housing Association, with the award

A community wind turbine project established by Ore Valley Housing Association has won a major prize in the Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards 2018.

Held last week at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, the awards are the main event of the year for the Scottish renewables industry and showcasing the very best in renewables and sustainable energy projects and honour the people, organisations and communities going above and beyond to shape the industry’s future.

Ore Valley’s community wind turbine project, based south of Cardenden, claimed the Best Community Project Award over some very worthy nominees including:

  • Arrochar Community Hydro Society for the Arrochar Community Hydro Scheme
  • Community Energy Scotland for the Surf ‘n’ Turf Project
  • Fair Isle Electricity Company for the Fair Isle Low Carbon Energy System
  • Awesome Energy Dalriada for the River Avich Hydro Scheme
  • The project is the fulfilment of the Association’s aspiration to see the local area benefit from a large-scale community renewable project with net profits used to support a community fund and the Association’s own endeavours in the area.

    CEO Andrew Saunders said: “We are delighted that this project has been recognised in the Scottish Green Energy Awards. With the project now delivering on its aspirations to derive a financial benefit for the local community, this award is validation of the years of effort and commitment it has taken to reach this stage.”

    The turbine produces 1800MW of green electricity annually for export to the grid, the equivalent power for 360 Fife homes and saves 313 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

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