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Renewable Energy Comes to Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries

Today the community of Gatehouse of Fleet joined the renewable energy revolution and will soon be enjoying the benefits of wind power.  After four years of hard work by members of the Gatehouse Development Initiative, Barbara Kelly CBE officially opened their new wind turbine.  Sited at the nearby Wild Scotland member, Cream o’ Galloway Visitor Centre, the electricity generated will be bought by Cream o’ Galloway and used to run the nature tourism attraction and ice cream factory.  This will give the community group a stable long-term income to use on a variety of projects, all of which will enhance the area for the benefit of the locals and the wider community in the longer term.

The turbine, made by Atlantic Orient Canada, stands 25 metres high and will generate 50kW in a 27mph wind, and was chosen to match the particular needs of the site. 

Wilma Finlay of Cream o’Galloway, said “The turbine is the perfect size to suit our energy needs while minimising impact on the outstanding local environment, which is of course central to everything we do at Cream o’Galloway.  

“We’re delighted to work in partnership with GDI on this exciting project, which reduces our carbon footprint and, through the funds generated, will provide an asset base to enable a range of community projects to attract match funding.  We’ve already had many positive comments about the turbine from our visitors at Cream o’Galloway, so we’re confident it will have the added benefit of enhancing the experience our visitors have by letting people get up close to a turbine and learn about why renewable energy is so important.”

The initiative has been made possible by funding from the Scottish Executive’s Scottish Community & Householder Renewables Initiative (SCHRI) and Leader+ Dumfries & Galloway.

Barbara Kelly, after declaring the turbine active, said “Having been here for the opening of the Visitor Centre many years ago it gives me great pleasure to see its continuing development. This partnership with the local community is an excellent example to other rural businesses and one which Leader+ was pleased to support.

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