Deuchries Wind Farm in Aberdeenshire was officially opened last weekend.
A windy day saw the local community enjoy a BBQ with Green Cat under one of the three Enercon E82 wind turbines at the site.
The three turbines have a total installed capacity of 7.05MW and over the lifetime of the development, a community benefit fund of over £600,000 will be provided to the Aberchirder & District Community Association, and the Alvah & Forglen Community Council.
A cheque for £26527.83 was presented on the day. Members of the local community were transported to the site from the area in the new Scout minibus, one of the first purchases from the community fund.
Green Cat Renewables Senior Engineer, Gavin Jackson, was delighted with the day.
“The official opening of Deuchries was a great success. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing, and around 60 people from the local community had a look around the completed site,” he commented.
“It was great to see everyone being shuttled up to the site in the local Scout group’s new minibus, one of the first buys with the community fund.”
“We are delighted to get this community fund set up and for the first payment to be made. The local community has shown a keen interest during the construction phase of the project, and we welcomed them on site to see the different stages.”
“Now that the project is operational, we are looking forward to seeing how the funds are used, and the first round of projects come into being.”
“Funding like this can be hugely important to small, local communities, and Green Cat is delighted to be a part of it.”
Deuchries Wind Farm was signed off on, in early 2018, and was the first to be fully funded, constructed, and completed solely by the company.