Arran Community Renewables have a new project proposal. We have been working together with many different local businesses and land owners, to find a great project to locate Arran’s first community owned solar farm.
Over the last 18 months the group of volunteers at Arran Community Renewables have been working closely with Local Energy Scotland and local farmer and environmentalist Kenneth Bone, to plan for the development of a Solar PhotoVoltaic Array at a site in Glenkiln. This southerly facing site is in an ideal position to generate sufficient electricity to enable a substantial project.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or hearing more about our upcoming drop-in session, we would love to hear from you. You can get in touch and find out more.
Work on desktop studies will start in May 2023 and we will be bringing our plans to the community as soon as we have professional consultants’ views on the scale and viability of the opportunity. All being well we will run a drop-in sessions to explain more about the project and opportunities to get involved.
We are now working to obtain a connection to the electrical grid via Scottish and Southern Electricity Network (SSEN).
We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in securing support from the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) They have awarded a grant of £10,000 plus additional technical resource and access to a development loan. We can now work to develop a business case and funding model to maximise opportunities for investment from, and benefit to the Arran community. The CARES funding will also allow us to apply for an electricity grid connection and undertake environmental studies to support a future planning application.