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Community-owned hydro power generation project for Mull

Island-wide ballot being organised – every vote is vital

Proposed weir site at GarmonyMull and Iona Community Trust is planning the first community owned power generation project on the Isle of Mull. It is hoped that a 320KW ‘run of river‘ hydro electric power scheme will be located on the burn near to the Garmony settlement overlooking the Sound of Mull.

The scheme is intended to reduce the carbon footprint of the island by taking advantage of one of the most abundant resources available to us on Mull – rainfall! Once the scheme is operational we hope it will generate sufficient electricity to meet the needs of 230 homes on Mull.

The scheme would be on land owned by the Forestry Commission. The Comission has a scheme whereby community groups can lease land, but it requires a ballot of over half the island’s resident, with a majority of that group voting in favour. In February 2012 Mull and Iona Community Trust is organising an island-wide ballot to measure support for the project.  The Trust is at pains to emphasise that every Mulleach’s vote is vital for the trust to be able to secure the use of the land from Forestry Commission Scotland.

 As well as generating clean, renewable energy, the scheme will produce income which will benefit Mull and Iona for generations to come by providing:

  • seedcorn funding for other community renewable energy and energy conservation projects
  • funding for the support provided by the Community Trust to individuals and groups on the islands
  • direct funding for a whole range of island groups and events projects (e.g. Village shows, Mull Rally, Village Halls)

If you would like to find out more then why not go along to the Renewables Fair in Craignure Hall on February 4th.  Doors open at 11.15am through to 4pm. As well as finding out mroe about the hydro project you can get  advice from thte Energy Saving Trust, Community Energy Scotland and a number of suppliers of renewable energy systems.

LINKS

Garmony Hydro Project

Mull & Iona Community Trust

 
     

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