Scottish fund invests £9m in community wind energy

Around £9 million is to be invested in a community wind power scheme across the Highlands and Islands. Scottish Equity Partners’ (SEP) investment will fund the roll-out of around 200 […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Around £9 million is to be invested in a community wind power scheme across the Highlands and Islands.

Scottish Equity Partners’ (SEP) investment will fund the roll-out of around 200 single onshore wind turbines.

Hamsin Wind is expected to save more than 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per year or more than 100,000 tonnes over the life of the turbines.

The project marks SEP’s first clean energy infrastructure investment from the Environmental Capital Fund (ECF), which was launched last year.

Peter Bachmann, Director at SEP said: “We are looking forward to working with local landowners to ensure a successful roll-out of small wind turbines at a significant number of sites across rural Scotland.

“Hamsin will help remote communities benefit from their local wind resource to generate green, low cost power. In some areas, it will play a key role in helping tackle fuel poverty.”