Award for local community project

(left to right): Nicky Marr (MC), David Wright (Horshader Community Development Trust) and Anne MacDonald (from Harper Macleod LLP, who sponsored the award).

(left to right): Nicky Marr (MC), David Wright (Horshader Community Development Trust) and Anne MacDonald (from Harper Macleod LLP, who sponsored the award).

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At last Friday’s event in the Drummossie Hotel, Inverness, Horshader Community Development – the group behind the Horshader community turbine - were awarded the prestigious Energy North Award 2012 for Best Community Project.

David Wright, Director, was present to pick up the award. He said: “I am absolutely delighted to collect this award for the Horshader project. It’s taken eight years of determination to reach this stage, and now we hope that the community will reap the benefits.

“This award is recognition of the contribution which projects such as ours make to their own community. With grateful thanks to all our funders who made this project possible.”

The community owned turbine is the first of its kind in the Western Isles. Energy generated will be sold into the national grid and is expected to generated in excess of £2 million for the local community over the next 20 years.

And today (Friday 19th) sees the official opening of the project. Two pipers will lead the community and attendees up to the turbine, where it will be officially opened by the widows of two directors of the trust who passed away before the project was completed.

A number of speeches will be made and the group will then return to the local hall for champagne, cake and further speeches. A ceilidh will be held in the evening from 7pm and a buffet will be provided.

There will be a shuttle bus service operating from the Horshader Office in Shawbost, Isle of Lewis to the site.

For further information contact: Angela Macleod, Horshader Development Officer – 01851710241 or Horshader@btinternet.com

Or Amy Mackinnon, Communications Officer for Community Energy Scotland 01349 860124, 07928 544 534, amy.mackinnon@communityenergyscotland.org.uk