Awards joy for island’s energy project

The UistWind scheme has been shortlisted for two awards.

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A development company on North Uist will find out later next month if it has won a pair of Scottish Green Energy Awards.

North Uist Development Company (NUDC) and its UistWind project have been shortlisted as finalists in the coveted best community project award and in the best engagement  category.

The awards are run by Scottish Renewables, the voice of Scotland’s renewable energy industry, and will be held ‘virtually’ on November 26.

UistWind is a 1.8MW community-owned wind farm which was commissioned in September 2019.

Less than a year later, the wind turbines have generated more than 6,129,000 kWh of electricity – enough to offset power used by all homes on the Outer Hebridean island.

Director Stuart Hamilton, speaking for Locogen, project managers for the wind farm development, said: ‘We’re really proud of our work with UistWind.

‘This project is a fantastic example of the value of community renewable energy, delivering significant social and financial benefits to the island.

‘As we look to a green recovery from the current crisis, UistWind demonstrates how even remote communities can drive change and showcases the democratization of our energy system.’

Chris Morris, of Local Energy Scotland, congratulated Ameena Camps, the project delivery manager of the North Uist Development Company and the team.

‘It’s fitting that the hard work of NUDC and the North Uist community is being recognised.

‘It’s more important than ever to celebrate good news and successes during these difficult times,’ he said.

More than 100 entries were submitted to this year’s awards which will see 44 individuals, companies and projects as finalists across 12 categories.