Case Study - Community Wind


Banff, Moray

Gawnsmoss, Cairnhill and Gledsgreen are three 800kW wind turbines built on three neighbouring farms near Banff, in Moray. The three developments, which share a Distribution Network grid connection, are developed by three Community Interest Companies for the benefit of the local community and qualified for Local Energy Scotland funding.

In addition to funding given under the Scottish Government’s Community And Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), a bank loan was also required to construct the developments. Green Cat Renewables provided Financial Procurement helping the developments obtain loans from Close Bothers while negotiating Power Purchase Agreements for the turbines, and managing an extremely accelerated Meter Operator appointment and meter installation.

Green Cat Renewables were employed by the CICs in late October 2016 to provide project management and client’s engineer services. No work on site had started at that time, and the project required three sets of:

  • Access roads and cranepads;
  • Turbine foundations;
  • Electrical substations;
  • Several hundred metres of cable;
  • Turbine delivery, erection and commissioning works; and
  • Grid connection works.

All of which needed to be completed before the Feed-in Tariff deadline at the end of March 2017.

GCR worked closely with the landowner, civil and electrical contractors, turbine manufacturer, DNO and other parties to ensure the successful and timely build and connection of the developments.

Key Data
  • Community project near Banff, Moray
  • 3no. 800kW projects consented under appeal in 2015
  • Class-two wind speeds
  • Very short construction and installation programme
  • GCR negotiated PPA, Meter Operator and install
  • GCR provided financial procurement of bank loan and CARES funding
  • GCR managed all work during design and construction, connection and commissioning
  • Worked closely with all parties from local contractors to international turbine supplier for a successful project, under significant time pressures