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  • Turbine Talk – ‘Local authorities have a transformative opportunity to lead on decarbonisation’

    A recent report exploring the potential for public ownership of clean energy in North East Scotland highlighted Orkney Community Wind Farms as an exemplar case study of how councils can meet financial challenges while tackling the climate emergency. The research, carried out by Transition Economics and Platform, was developed to showcase the opportunities that publicContinue…

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  • Turbine Talk – Successful completion of Groundwork Investigations in Quanterness and Hoy

    Another important step for the wind farm project has been achieved with the completion of the Groundwork Investigations (GI) successfully carried out in Quanterness and Hoy. The GI works took around four weeks to complete, starting from early October, and managed to finish on time despite the month’s inclement weather. Central Alliance, part of theContinue…

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  • Orkney Community Wind Farms wins COSLA Excellence Award

    Orkney Islands Council has won a COSLA Excellence Award for its commitment towards decarbonisation through Orkney Community Wind Farms. COSLA’s Excellence Awards, a celebration of Scottish Local Government success, took place on 28 September. The annual event recognises the great work, talent and innovation across Scottish Local Government. The Council’s Strategic Projects team won underContinue…

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  • Turbine Talk – How much profit will Orkney get from the wind farms?

    It’s estimated that Orkney Community Wind Farms will generate up to £5.5 million profit per year for Orkney. Over the 25-year lifespan of the project, that equates to nearly £138 million. When we talk about profit, this is the sum of money the Council will receive after all repayments are made including construction costs, gridContinue…

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  • Turbine Talk – What will the Carbon Savings from the wind farms be?

    One of our key priorities for developing these projects is to help create a carbon neutral future for our islands. Orkney Islands Council is committed to reducing our carbon footprint by supporting the pioneering renewables scene in Orkney. Unfortunately, no form of electricity generation is completely carbon free. The manufacture of turbines, the construction ofContinue…

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