GreenPower Corporate Site »

Carraig Gheal Wind Farm

News

21 Apr 2021

Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Steering Group Welcomes New Members and Approves Five Main Grants

The Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Steering Group welcomed three new members to the latest meeting held at the end of March via video call.

more »

30 Mar 2021

Celebrating 10th Year of the Nature of Scotland Awards

GreenPower is delighted to be sponsoring the best Community Initiative in this the 10th year the RSPB has organised the Awards. 

more »

25 Feb 2021

Celebrating 30 Years in Renewables and 21 Years of GreenPower

This Spring marks 21 years of GreenPower International. Like every parent you wonder how it went by so quickly! I’m very proud of what we have achieved in that time, and also of our independence as a Scottish grown and based renewable energy developer and operator.

more »

24 Feb 2021

Recognising Talent and Determination

GreenPower is delighted to see Mikayla Parton, our GreenPower Sponsored World Cup Mountain Bike rider recognised at this years Fort William Mountain Festival 2021.

more »

20 Nov 2020

GreenPower Intern Makes the Grade – Ready for a Renewable Future

Since I was a boy, I have been interested in how things work, and what makes the world tick. This would ultimately lead me on a path towards Engineering. Leading up to my university studies, I became increasingly interested in the energy industry.

more »

18 Nov 2020

Community Benefit Fund Steering Group Looking for New Members

The Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Steering Group is looking for your help. There are vacancies within the Group and we are inviting people to come forward, particularly any young adults who are keen to represent younger generations in the local area.

more »

15 Sep 2020

RSPB Nature of Scotland Community Initiative Award - Shortlist is ‘Truly Inspirational’

GreenPower is delighted to be sponsoring the Community Initiative Award of the RSPB Nature of Scotland 2020 Awards again for the seventh year in a row and the shortlist of contenders for the award is described by GreenPower CEO Rob Forrest as ‘truly inspirational’...

more »

15 Sep 2020

GreenPower Responds to NatureScot’s Consultation on Landscape

In response to the NatureScot consultation on Landscape Sensitivity Assessment, July 2020, GreenPower would offer the following comments:

more »

13 Jul 2020

GreenPower Welcomes Climate Emergency Report Which Calls for Planning Reform

GreenPower today welcomed an ‘eight point plan’ for Scotland’s green economic recovery, published today by the Climate Emergency Response Group, and highlighted the call for planning reform within the next 6 to 12 months to release private investment into onshore wind energy.

more »

3 Jun 2020

GreenPower Appoints New ‘Climate Emergency’ Staff

Despite the challenging times we find ourselves in, GreenPower is gearing up to do its bit to meet the Climate Emergency declared by both the UK and Scottish Governments – in recognition of the greatest threat posed to people and nature across the globe - climate change. 

more »

1 Jun 2020

Next Round of Funding Open for the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund

The next round of funding for main grants from the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund is now open with a closing date of 31st July 2020.

more »

6 May 2020

GreenPower Supports Celebration of Scotland’s Nature Champions

GreenPower, a leading independent Scottish renewable energy company, is delighted to announce it is to sponsor the Community Initiative Award for the 7th year.

more »

12 Mar 2020

RPMI Railpen and GreenPower secure deal on Carraig Gheal Wind Farm

12th March 2020 

GreenPower is delighted to announce it has secured a new finance partner with the sale of a 90% majority stake in its 46MW Carraig Gheal Wind Farm in Argyll and Bute, Scotland to RPMI Railpen (“Railpen”), which manages £30 billion of assets on behalf of the railways pension schemes.

The independent Scottish renewable energy company, GreenPower, has ambitious growth plans and says that the deal will provide them with both a strong financial base for growth, and a new partner to work with on future projects.

more »

11 Feb 2020

Drumduff Bike, Bog and Wood Feasibility Study

GreenPower has co-funded this feasibility report with Scottish Natural Heritage and LEADER funding

more »

16 Jan 2020

GreenPower Is Recruiting

GreenPower Is Recruiting. Do you want to work on making a difference to the climate emergency? These jobs might be for you.

more »

5 Dec 2019

Congratulations to ‘Back from the Brink: Saving our Small Blue’, Winners of the Nature of Scotland Community Initiative Award

GreenPower staff and guests were delighted to attend the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards last night.  The event, this year hosted by Gordon Buchanan and Ewan McIlwraith, is a celebration of the fantastic work being carried out by groups and individuals to help safeguard Scotland’s natural environment.

more »

22 Nov 2019

GreenPower Helps Boost Visitor Numbers to RSPB Black Devon Wetlands

GreenPower is delighted that its sponsorship of RSPB Black Devon Wetlands events is encouraging more people than ever to visit the reserve and engage with the remarkable and diverse nature that can be found there.

more »

18 Nov 2019

Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Steering Group Continues Excellent Work

The next round of funding for main grants from the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund is now open with a closing date of 31st January 2020. The last round of funding closed on 31st July with the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Steering Group meeting in October to decide which main grant applications to approve and by how much.

more »

11 Nov 2019

Climate Change – what’s all the fuss about?

George Baxter, GreenPower’s Director of Development was invited to speak to the Blackridge Scottish Women’s Institute this autumn and decided in response to the recent declaration of a climate emergency to focus his talk on Climate Change.

more »

6 Nov 2019

GreenPower Attends UK Onshore Wind Conference

The new-look GreenPower stand at the Renewable UK Onshore Wind conference in Glasgow this week. The conference was excellent with a lot of discussion based on the growing need for more onshore wind in the UK energy mix.

more »

29 Oct 2019

GreenPower Acquires 100% Of Carraig Gheal Wind Farm

Scottish renewable energy business GreenPower has acquired 100% ownership in its 46 MW Carraig Gheal onshore wind farm, which GreenPower originated and managed through development, consenting and construction.

more »

2 Oct 2019

Carraig Gheal Community Benefit Fund Helps Launch New Community Skiff

September saw the launch of “Cruachan”, a new skiff to join the existing “Mingulay” skiff in Kilchrenan, Inverinan and Dalavich Coastal Rowing Club (KIDS). A successful grant application to the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund resulted in £4,090 being awarded allowing completion of the project.

more »

26 Sep 2019

GreenPower Welcomes New Director

George Baxter joined GreenPower in August 2019 as Director of Development, having worked with energy utility group SSE for the previous 12 years, where he held the roles of Head of Development Strategy and Head of Strategic Relations.

 

more »

26 Sep 2019

Book Keeper - Immediate Vacancy

We are seeking to appoint a Book Keeper to help ensure smooth processing of purchase orders, expenses, accounts payable, timesheets, accounts receiveable and day to day financial management.

 

more »

25 Sep 2019

Scottish Renewable Energy Festival – Internships at GreenPower

Conor Watson who is studying for a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Heriot Watt University was an intern with GreenPower over the summer and here explains how he spent his time with team:

 

more »

24 Sep 2019

Land & Estates Manager and Development Manager(s) – Immediate Vacancies

GreenPower is recruiting – DEADLINE EXTENDED

If you want to be part of a team that delivers green energy projects to the highest standards we would like to hear from you.

 

more »

24 Sep 2019

Scottish Renewable Energy Festival – Internships at GreenPower

ollowing on from Tom’s commentary yesterday on being an intern with GreenPower, here are some thoughts from Daniel Harper who was also an intern with GreenPower over the summer:

 

more »

23 Sep 2019

Scottish Renewable Energy Festival – Internships at GreenPower

Over the next few days we will feature short commentries from a few people who have had internships with GreenPower. This first one is from Tom Meophan:

 

more »

20 Sep 2019

Scottish Renewable Energy Festival – GreenPower Supports Global Climate Strike

As part of the Scottish Renewable Energy Festival, and on its own merit of course, GreenPower staff supported the climate strike today, and joined the 300-strong demonstration outside Stirling Council headquarters.

more »

18 Sep 2019

Scottish Renewable Energy Festival – Question Time Debate at Oban High School

GreenPower took part in a Question Time debate in Oban High School with Geography and Environmental Science students and Eco-club members as part of the Scottish Renewable Energy Festival on 17th September.

more »

16 Sep 2019

Scottish Renewable Energy Festival – How Scots and tourists learned to love windfarms

As part of the Scottish Renewable Energy Festival, George Baxter, Director of Development at GreenPower, reflects on renewables in the time of a climate emergency which has also been published in The Herald.

more »

13 Sep 2019

Congratulations to Thrive Renewables

Congratulations to Thrive Renewables on Their 25th Anniversary! Rob Forrest, CEO of GreenPower, was delighted to attend the celebrations with Thrive at Avonmouth wind farm in Bristol.

more »

28 Jun 2019

Record Turnout for the UK/SDA National Downhill Event at Fort William

GreenPower sponsored rider Mikayla Parten managed a very respectable 5th place at the UK/SDA National Downhill event at Fort William on the 12th May. 

more »

12 Jun 2019

Excellence in Renewables Celebrated at British Renewable Energy Awards

GreenPower was delighted to attend the prestigious British Renewable Energy Awards last night at the InterContinental Hotel in London as the guest of their joint venture partner Thrive Renewables.

more »

10 Jun 2019

GreenPower International and Thrive Renewables Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

Drumduff, GreenPower's  award-winning wind farm built as a joint venture with Thrive Renewables, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Renewable Energy Association – Outstanding Project Award.

more »

15 Apr 2019

Inspiring Projects Continue to Benefit from the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm

Another diverse range of grant applications was received during the last funding round and was considered at the April meeting of the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Steering Group. 

more »

1 Nov 2018

Next Round of Funding Opens Today for the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund

These main grants are for £250 to £7,000 and can be applied for by constituted groups.

 

more »

4 Jan 2018

Carraig Gheal Community Benefit Fund - Largest Independent Funder of Bridge of Orchy Hall Restoration

The community hall within Bridge of Orchy had fallen into a bad state of repair and by 2015 was virtually unusable. It meant that Bridge of Orchy , a remote village north east of Loch Awe in Argyll and Bute, had no public space, along with no school and very difficult to access services.

more »

1 Nov 2017

Apply Now to the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund for Your Local Project

Applications are now being accepted for the next round of funding for the main grant of the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

more »

21 Sep 2017

Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Awards Grants to Local Projects

Another four local projects have benefited from the most recent round of funding in the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund main grant scheme.

more »

18 Sep 2017

Financial Close reached on re-finance of the 46MW Carraig Gheal Wind Farm, Argyll, Scotland

14 September 2017

The joint venture partners in the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm, GreenPower and the Ampere Equity Fund, managed by DIF, are pleased to announce that a senior debt funding package has been put in place for the re-finance of the 46MW wind farm. Financial close for the transaction was achieved on 14th September 2017. The project has been operational since 2013.

more »

26 Jul 2017

Works Commence on West Loch Awe Timber Haul Route

Works on the West Loch Awe Timber Haul Road commence this week to repair and replace a small number of the water crossings and to undertake other maintenance at the same time.

more »

24 Jul 2017

Final Week for Applications to Carraig Gheal Community Benefit Fund Main Grant

The closing date for the current round of funding for the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund - Main Grant is Monday 31st July. You still have time to get any new applications in for consideration by the local Steering Group members.

more »

15 May 2017

Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Now Open for Applications

The next funding round of the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund main grant scheme is now open for applications from May 2017 until 31st July 2017.

more »

5 Apr 2017

13 Local Projects Awarded Grants from Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund

The Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Steering Group met on Monday 27th March at Dalmally Village Hall with an excellent turnout. Of the 17 main grant applications on the agenda for review and determination, the Steering Group approved 13 totalling circa £70,000. 

more »

8 Mar 2017

Carraig Gheal Community Fund Continues to Benefit Local Groups

Dalavich Social and Recreational Club successfully applied last year for funding to enable refurbishment of the Dalavich Community Centre and the installation of a stove within the bar area.

more »

16 Feb 2017

Applications for Carraig Gheal Community Wind Farm Benefit Fund Now Closed

The Community Benefit Fund main grant application submission window closed at the end of January 2017 with a total of 17 applications being submitted from groups and organisations from within the five surrounding Community Councils areas and beyond.

more »

6 Jan 2017

Still Time to Apply for Grant Funding!

The current funding round for the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund main grant scheme is open until 31st January 2017 so there is still time to submit an application to benefit your group.

more »

1 Nov 2016

Carriag Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Now Open for Applications

The next funding round of the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund main grant scheme is now open for applications from 1st November 2016 until 31st January 2017.

more »

4 Oct 2016

Carraig Gheal Community Benefit Fund Helps Fund “it’s a far cry to Loch Awe” Book

Dalmally Historical Assocation was recently successful in applying for a main grant from the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund to help fund the publication of a local history book “it’s a far cry to Loch Awe”.

more »

29 Jul 2016

Power to the People

Dalavich Improvement Group has secured a grant of £7,000 from the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund  to help with replacing and updating the electric wiring and distribution boards within the Dalavich Community Centre.

more »

3 Jun 2016

More Local Projects Benefit from Carraig Gheal Community Fund

Lorn Organic Growers received grant funding from the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Fund for the replacement of the pollythene to one of their polytunnel plus timber and equipment to repair and strengthen their other three polytunnels.

more »

3 May 2016

Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Now Open to New Applications in Next Funding Round

Applications for the next round of funding for the Carraig Gheal Community Wind Farm Benefit Fund can now be submitted for consideration.

more »

7 Apr 2016

Lorn Organic Growers Continue to Grow

Lorn Organic Growers based at Barguillean Nursery near Taynuilt can continue to grow thanks to a grant of nearly £2,500 awarded in March 2016 from the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Main Grant Fund.

more »

1 Mar 2016

New Members Needed for Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Steering Group

Would you like to help ensure over £46k of funds are invested to the benefit of your local communities each year?

more »

23 Feb 2016

Applications for Carraig Gheal Community Wind Farm Benefit Fund Now Closed

Applications for the Carraig Gheal Community Wind Farm Benefit Fund have now closed with a number of applications having been submitted. 

more »

12 Feb 2016

Wind and Solar Combine to Bring Local Benefits

Kilmelford and Kilninver community are celebrating a good start to the New Year with the successful installation of roof top solar panels on their Village Hall. Courtesy of a grant from the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund (Fund), the wind has effectively helped harness the power of the sun to ensure the village hall’s electricity bills are kept as low as possible.

more »

20 Oct 2015

Applications Now Open for Carraig Gheal Community Wind Farm Benefit Fund

Applications for the Carraig Gheal Community Wind Farm Benefit Fund can now be submitted for consideration.

more »

24 Feb 2015

Kilmore Selection Meeting Results

The Selection meeting for the public member for the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Steering Group for the Kilmore Community Council area was held last night, 23rd February 2015.

more »

23 Feb 2015

Kilmore Selection Meeting Agenda and Method

The agenda for the Selection Meeting for the Kilmore Community Council Area which is being held tonight at 7pm in Kilmore Village Hall  can be viewed here.

more »

20 Feb 2015

Avich and Kilchrenan Selection Meeting Cancelled

The Avich & Kilchrenan Selection Meeting has been cancelled due to the withdrawal of Isabel Grant's application due to personal reasons.

more »

16 Feb 2015

Carraig Gheal Community Benefit Fund Steering Group Nominees

The nominees for Kilmore and Avich and Kilchrenan Community Council areas have put forward their personal statements ahead of the selection meetings being held later this month.

more »

9 Feb 2015

Carraig Gheal Community Benefit Fund Steering Group Public Member Selection Meetings

Following the invitation for nominees for the Carraig Gheal Community Benefit Fund Steering Group, GreenPower is very pleased to have received a number of nominations. Both Kilmore and Avich and Kilchrenan  Community Council Areas have had two nominees come forward.

more »

3 Feb 2015

GreenPower are finalist in Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2015

GreenPower are delighted to announce that it has been selected as one of three finalists in the Best Green Business category of the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2015 which will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro on March 19th.

more »

30 Oct 2014

GreenPower Announces Launch of Carraig Gheal Community Benefit Fund

GreenPower is pleased to announce that the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund has been launched.

GreenPower would like to thank members of the community who have shown interest in the establishment of the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Benefit Fund.

To view the letter that has been sent out to announce the formation of the steering group see here.

The management plan referred to in the letter can be downloaded here.

more »

23 Jan 2014

Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Fund Consultation Summary

Following the consultation deadline a summary of responses was produced and circulated which can be downloaded here.

more »

18 Jun 2013

Manufacturing Benefits Delivered Across Argyll

A £1m order of 'Argyll made' components from Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd in Machrihanish for the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm near Loch Awe has been completed, as construction enters the final phase of the 20 turbine project.

more »

21 Nov 2012

Carraig Gheal Wind Farm community fund to top £1.6m

GreenPower (Carraig Gheal) Ltd have today announced a community fund which will be worth about £1.6million over the 25 year life span of the Wind Farm.

more »

24 Oct 2012

First turbine goes up at Carraig Gheal wind farm

The first of 20 wind turbines has been constructed successfully at Carraig Gheal wind farm above Inverinan Forest, NW Loch Awe.

more »

26 Sep 2012

First turbines arrive at Carraig Gheal Wind Farm

The first of 20 wind turbines were delivered successfully in the early hours of Monday morning from the Wind Towers factory at Machrihanish to the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm site NW of Loch Awe.

more »

10 Sep 2012

Turbines set to roll as Muasdale road improvement opens

Turbines set to roll as Muasdale road improvement opens.

more »