Kinlochbervie Community Energy – Project Update

Report from Kinlochbervie Community Energy Society – 12 June 2022

The Kinlochbervie project has been extremely challenging.  Built in a very remote location and affected by Covid throughout, the planned completion date of November 2021 has shifted to July 2022.  The challenges have been mainly around supply issues, particularly labour supply with specialists such as electricians and joiners very hard to get at times required by the project.  However, the work is now complete.  The turbine house, pipework and in-take are all in place.  The pipes are full of water and the turbine house is connected to the grid.  We have even managed to restore the peat to its original state as per planning conditions.
However, we are waiting for meters to be installed.  Normally, these can be ordered towards the end of construction and be delivered within four weeks.  This has now been stretched to 10 weeks which means they will be installed in early July.  Once meters are in place, we can then begin to import and export electricity and carry out the necessary G99 tests which have to take place before our electricity can be exported to the grid.  We fully expect to be commissioned in July, well in time for the September Feed in Tariff deadline.  The local community are planning an opening event in September and are very excited by what has been achieved.  The increase in electricity prices means they will receive more benefit from the project than was originally envisaged.    

Kinlochbervie Community Council

Click the link to view the approved minutes of the Community Council meeting held on 26 January 2021.

Approved minutes 26th January 2021 KLB CC

The next ZOOM Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 7.00 pm.

Please contact the Community Council if you would like an invitation to attend.   communitycouncil@kinlochbervie.info

 

Kinlochbervie Community Energy – Proposed Micro Hydro Project

Background Information
Planning permission was granted in February 2019. The applicant was Highland Eco Design. Highland Eco is building the project and all administration is being done by Energy4All. The project is also being supported by Local Energy Scotland. Part of the scheme involves community benefit. To that end a Community Benefit Society (Kinlochbervie Community Energy Society) has been set up to oversee the project. One member of the Community Council and two members of the Kinlochbervie Community Company sit on that committee.
Here is the link to the planning application.