New Renewables Development officer for Galson Trust

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Renewable energy activity in the Galson Estate area is set for a boost with a newly appointed Renewables Officer to lead the drive towards increased environmental sustainability.

Neil Mackinnon has been appointed as Renewables Development Officer and brings a wealth of infrastructure development experience from his time at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, where he was instrumental in re-establishing renewable energy manufacturing activity at Arnish Point near Stornoway.

Most recently, Neil was employed in Fife Council’s Property Services team and ran his own project management consultancy business, Siar Management

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn have exciting plans in motion for renewable energy and already have obtained consent for a 2.7 MW Wind Energy Project with a grid connection date in late 2012.

Carola Bell, Vice Chair of the Urras Board commented: “Neil is a welcome addition to team and we look forward to benefiting from his considerable infrastructure project management experience. This appointment is further evidence of the Urras continuing to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to have a strong team of staff to work on projects on a day to day basis.”

Carola, who is also Chair of Community Energy Scotland also commented, “It is an exciting time to be involved in renewable energy development and, with this latest appointment we are better placed that ever to exploit opportunities, for the benefit of the communities of the estate.”

Neil looks forward to working with the board of directors and his new colleagues and commented: “I am pleased to accept the post and join the team in its efforts to develop the area. The Urras has already made significant progress with renewable energy projects and created a strong development platform for future developments.”

The post has been created using funding granted from the BIG Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.