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Community Powerdown News

 

New wind turbine

 

Test Run

 

This was carried out on Gigha on Friday 2 nd July 2010 and aimed to prove that all the components of an Enercon E-33 could be delivered to the site (including the blades which are the longest part of the wind turbine: 16.4m long). The Test Run was successful and the contractor who completed it did not have any problems turning left at the shop. The lorry, which was almost 20m long, reversed from the ferry car park on Gigha to the shop, turned right and then went forward to the site.

 

 

This is great news as it means that the wind turbine can effectively be delivered to Gigha!

Update as of October 2011

 

Soil Investigation

After the successful test run, the only remaining piece of work was a thorough soil investigation to make sure we have the right foundations for a slightly larger turbine in the selected location. This was concluded by Greencat renewables in February 2011. The report, which was positive, was passed on to Enercon who have confirmed there are no development barriers to the installation of an E-33 turbine.



Planning Application

After some delay, we finally received our planning permission for a brand new E-33 turbine from Argyll and Bute Council. With the grid connection for up to 225 kW already secured, all we now need to do is put finance in place. While our Project Officer, Remi Wassermann, has now left (due to Climate Challenge Fund support ending) this is a substantial achievement down to his hard work and diligence and we are all grateful to him.



Cost

The most up to date cost estimate for the purchase and installation of an Enercon E-33 is approximately £1,025,000.00 +VAT. This includes the wind turbine, foundation, delivery, erection, commissioning, testing, access track, hardstanding, grid compliance equipment, complete substation, soil investigations, legal fees, grid connection, and excavation works for the required underground cable. In addition, we have included costs for the setting up of finance (i.e. arrangement fee, due diligence, etc.), as well as a contingency, which is crucial for a project this size.

This figure is subject to variation depending on quotes yet to be received and the foreign exchange rate between £ and € (the wind turbine will be bought in €). While the exchange rate is currently favourable, there is no guarantee that this will be the case when we put in the order for the turbine.

 

 

 

 


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