Ardentinny Renewables Trust met on the 20 August to discuss and decide on its first funding applications. Click here to download the Minutes.
Co-Hydrover Ltd. and Partners are studying the possibility of operating two additional hydro electric projects in Ardentinny, i.e., at the Coull Burn and Old School Burn, the latter being the burn beside the village car park and presumably so-called because of its proximity to the original Old School, i.e., Glencairn Cottage.
Regarding The Coull Burn Project, the contractor, Robert Brakes who was also representing his project partner Co-Hydrover, recently met with members of the Village Hall Committee along with Dougie Menzies, Chair of Ardentinny Renewables Trust. The object of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of erecting a pole on village hall land in exchange for a cheaper electricity tariff for the hall.
The turbine would be situated on Forestry Commission land, for which they will receive 20% of the project’s profits and the proposal is to connect to the grid by bringing an underground cable across the road and connecting it to a pole to be erected on village hall ground. In exchange, the hall will receive a reduced electricity tariff while the turbine is running, as will proprietors of other property through which the cable runs. Continue reading “Possibility of additional hydro projects in Ardentinny”
Members of Ardentinny Renewables Trust (ART) will already be aware that the first tranche of funds, i.e., £5322.78, from the Hydrover hydro scheme, has been received by the Trust and funding applications for its use are invited.
Applicants must first be resident within the Ardentinny Community Council area and be members of ART. Funds applied for must be for the benefit of Ardentinny. There are no limits to the amount but applicants are encouraged to source funds from more than one grant funder, particularly in the case of larger projects.
Successful applications will be decided by the ART ‘Funding Panel’ of 7 members who were nominated at the 2018 AGM. They will meet privately up to four times a year to consider applications but may occasionally request applicants to attend. They will base their decisions on consideration of which projects offer the greatest and widest benefit to the Ardentinny community, taking into account the number of applicants, the fund balance and any previous awards.
If you are not yet a Trust member and wish to be so, contact Neil Robinson, ART Secretary @ email@example.com.
The Chair reported that Ardentinny’s two hydro energy projects, operated by Hydrover are producing a total of 750,000 kw which is the equivalent of the annual electricity supply for approximately 170 homes. In addition there is the scheme operated by local farmer Ross MacArthur.
The projects are required to give 5% of Feed-in Tariff annually to the local community. Therefore ART, established to manage and distribute these funds for community benefit, is about to receive just over £7,000. Lifetime Trust membership is free to all residents (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for application details) and qualifies them to apply for Trust funds so long as the project benefits the community. Members will be notified when the funds arrive and project funding applications can be submitted. The secretary will then email members with details of the applications received. Thereafter, the trustees will meet quarterly to consider these and decide on which should succeed.
Project suggestions were invited from the floor and ranged from funding the cleaning of the public toilets; benches along the river walk; folk festivals; a play park at the beach; buying land for housing to attract young families; match funding larger projects; to investing in another village hydro project for a much larger return.
The next AGM will be held in May 2019 and the first quarterly meeting of the Trustees will be in August. Trustee meetings will not be open to the public.
It was reported at the current community council’s final meeting that Ardentinny Renewables Trust (ART) expects very soon to be in receipt of the first tranche of funds from the village’s two hydro energy projects.
ART secretary, Neil Robinson, said they anticipate receiving approximately £5,000 from Hydrover and £2,000 from Ross MacArthur’s project by the end of May, 2018 and that the Trust will be circulating a newsletter to all residents within the next two weeks in an effort to encourage and increase Trust membership.
Any Ardentinny resident with a community project may apply for funds from the Trust but must be a member to do so. Membership is free and how to apply for a grant will be explained at the upcoming ART AGM on 22 May 2018, to which all are welcome.
The Chair of Ardentinny Renewables Trust (ART), Dougie Menzies, has confirmed that the Hydro Scheme at Baron Turner is now up and running with both turbines operating and connection to the grid finalised. He reported that the company Hydrover says the initial costs should be paid off in five years and the scheme’s lifespan is expected to be 25 years.
ART is now registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR (registered no. SCO47215) with its main purpose being ‘to advance the protection of the environment through the promotion and sustainable production of energy from renewable sources….. and to support rural regeneration in the Ardentinny Community Council geographical area through the management and distribution of funds accruing from the production of renewable energy for community benefit.’
Chair of Ardentinny Renewables Trust, Dougie Menzies, provided the following update on the hydro schemes currently in progress: ‘The two hydro schemes being built up at Baron Turner are progressing well and the company (Hydrover) have completed all the pipework and built the turbine house. The final part is the connection to the grid and Scottish Hydro are awaiting the transformer to enable this to happen. Hopefully this will be in the next few weeks. The transformer is coming from Australia and was ordered in January.’
Dougie also informed that a new constitution has been drawn up to enable the Trust to be registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), and is ready to be submitted.