Events

Wind Energy Road Show

These have all been and gone now, thanks to those who came along to find out more about the project.

Millbuie Forest Bike Ride

The ride is rescheduled for  Sunday 1 March  at 1.30 pm.  Updates will appear here and by e-mail to those who expressed an interest in the ride cancelled due to forestry hazards and ice. Meet at the telephone box at Killen.  A 6.5 mile cycle ride along forest roads and a short 200 m footpath. Contact Julian for more details or to book, on 01463811486 or e-mail julian.paren@gmail.com.

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Corrimony visit

NB change of date to Saturday 14th February @ 1.30pm

Come to this if you are worried about noise from the turbines! The Corrimony wind farm in Glen Urquhart has five Enercon E70 turbines; these are the same model and height as suggested in our feasibility study, so we thought it would be interesting to arrange a visit, particularly for those concerned about noise and access. One of the five turbines is owned by the local community trust, Soirbheas, and Tanya Castell, their Chair, has agreed to come along to answer questions. The visit is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday 7th February, meeting at the car park for the Corrimony chambered cairn, grid reference 383 303 at 13.30. There’s a good private road to the turbines, but if there’s snow, access may be a problem. If you are interested in attending, it’s essential you let us know, including whether you have a 4WD vehicle or snow chains. Contact us either by email (blackislecommunityenergy@gmail.com) or phone (01349 877822) – depending on the weather we may need to reschedule at short notice.

Electricity, Wind Farms and You

10 February 2015, Fortrose Theatre

Questions and Answers and information from experts

A capacity audience filled Fortrose Academy Theatre on Tuesday night for TBI’s energy debate.  The evening began with short talks from Andy Kerr, from the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, and Steven Watson, from Community Energy Scotland, addressing respectively the more technical and the community involvement aspects of the topic.


Left to right: Steven Watson, Helen Houston, Louise Batchelor, Andy Kerr, Rhoda Grant MSP, Patrick Harvie MSP.  Photo Julian Paren.

They were then joined by Patrick Harvie MSP (co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party), Rhoda Grant MSP (Scottish Labour Party) and Helen Houston (Development Officer for the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust), for a question and answer session skilfully chaired by former BBC Scotland Environment Correspondent Louise Batchelor.  Lively informal discussion over tea and home baking brought a very successful evening to a close.  A transcript of the questions and answers is available here .

If a theme emerged from the event it was the value of participating in local energy and other projects in helping to bring a greater sense of purpose to our lives and increasing our sense of belonging to a flourishing local community.

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