Macdonald welcomes increase in private power
Figures from SmartestEnergy show that the number of renewable energy projects run by communities, landowners or farmers has increased from 150 in 2013 to 241 in 2014.
Speaking after visiting the Udny Community Wind Turbine today, Lewis Macdonald said:
“The increase in small-scale renewable energy projects in the North East is to be welcomed.
“Onshore wind has seen one of the biggest growths, from 95 projects in 2013 to 162 last year. People who live and work and work in the countryside are clearly reaping the benefits of installing turbines on their own properties.
“The example of Udny, which was the first community-owned wind turbine on mainland Scotland, shows that local people can benefit enormously from renewable energy projects.
“The Udny Community Trust has helped dozens of local projects, from supporting the annual Christmas lights in Pitmedden to restoring the church bells in the parish. Local people have had the opportunity to enjoy training in new skills such as dry stone walling and first aid thanks to investment from the Trust.
“None of this would have been possible without the community turbine which has supported projects in and around Pitmedden and Udny Green for the last four years.
“Wind turbines are not always popular with local communities, but this scheme has shown how their presence can have a positive impact on rural towns and villages.
“Renewable energy is not always about large scale wind farms or hydro schemes. Smaller projects can be just as valuable if resources are managed well ."