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All I want for Christmas ....is a community wind turbine!

24-12-2013 | Fetterangus looks set to receive the best Christmas present a village could want when its community wind turbine powers up on Christmas Eve.

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"It has been a long journey, involving dozens of local people and lots of hurdles but it has definitely been worth it. This is the best Christmas present our village could have."

Colin Wood, project leader at Fetterangus

The £1.5m project, which has been pioneered by the local community and funded by the UK's leading sustainable bank, Triodos Bank N.V, should generate £75,000 a year for the community which will be invested in projects such as the renovation of the village hall so that it can be enjoyed by the parents association, pensioners club,  cubs, scouts and guiding movements; the purchase of playing fields to boost the local football club's activities; the construction of affordable houses to enable younger generations to stay in the area and the development of a new sports complex which will include a biomass heating system.

Project leader, Colin Wood, explains: "The 800kW Enercon wind turbine is going to transform Fetterangus. We have been looking for a regular, sustainable income that will help us fund projects in our village and the turbine is the perfect solution. Out of all the banks, Triodos Bank was the most sympathetic to the project, understanding our aims, and supporting us throughout. It has been a long journey, involving dozens of local people and lots of hurdles but it has definitely been worth it. This is the best Christmas present our village could have."

Triodos Bank has been involved with the Aberdeenshire project since 2007 and the bank has provided ongoing, hands on support. Norrie Cruickshank from Triodos Bank's Environment Team explains: "This community project is just the sort of development that Triodos Bank loves to get behind when it can. It demonstrates unequivocally that collective ownership can deliver tangible benefits for the community."

This is the second community wind turbine, funded by Triodos Bank, which is being commissioned in Scotland at the moment. The second turbine has been installed at Gòb Sgùrabhal, the most north westerly point of the Isle of Barra, and looks set to be one of the most productive 900kW turbines in Western Europe thanks to the incredible wind resource on the island. The £2.2m project is expected to generate £50-100,000 per year to fund community initiatives on Barra and Vatersay.

Notes to editors
For more information, high resolution photographs or to arrange interviews, please contact Faye Holst, faye.holst@triodos.co.uk 0117 980 9584 / 0755 778 5167 or Will Ferguson, William.ferguson@triodos.co.uk 0117 980 9770 / 07899 965640

About Triodos Bank
Triodos Bank only finances enterprises which create social, environmental or cultural added value. Key sectors include organic food and farming, renewable energy, social housing, and fair trade. Transparency is a core value: customers are informed about the bank's lending and can target their savings to particular areas of investment. A range of personal savings accounts is offered, and full banking services are available for businesses and charities. Triodos Bank is an independent bank founded in the Netherlands in 1980. Its principles and independence are protected through a special shareholding trust. The UK office opened in 1995 and is based in Bristol.


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