Island company makes free turbine offer

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An island based wind energy company is offering crofters and landowners in the Western Isles the opportunity to have a small wind turbine installed on their property free of charge.

South Uist based, West coast Energee, have prepared a unique deal through which island customers will be provided with free electricity for their homes, with the income from the excess energy generated by the turbines, being retained by the supplier. The turbines are owned, insured and maintained by Ecotricity, one of Britain’s leading green energy suppliers.

Under the agreement, which is available until March 31, 2015, the turbines would be installed and maintained by Ecotricity’s subsidiary company Britwind and West Coast Energee, at no cost to the customer.

Managing Director of West Coast Energee, John Daniel Peteranna, says that recent changes in crofting regulations now make the scheme more accessible and attractive to crofters in the Western Isles:: “The scheme has been running nationally for a couple of years now and it has proved to be very popular in the Orkneys with some 1500 turbines installed .

“Now, with a recent relaxation in crofting regulations, we have been able to install a number of turbines under a ‘temporary resumption’ measure, which has support from the Crofter’s Commission and local landowners. This enables crofters, and others, throughout the Western isles to take advantage of the scheme.”

Neil Nicolson of Solas in North Uist has already benefited from the free electricity on offer.

He said: “I got involved with the scheme to reduce my electricity bills and to reduce my fuel bill for my electric car. I have three turbines on my land and, with the free electricity, I am now saving a considerable amount of money so as an investment, this is hugely important to me and my family as it significantly reduces our outgoings.”