Hamsin Wind wins energy efficiency award

The ‘Energise Funded Wind Initiative’, a partnership between Hamsin Wind, Kingspan Wind and Orkney Renewables has been highly commended in the Large Scale Project of the Year category at the Scotland Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Regional Awards. The initiative was created to help deliver renewable energy projects in areas most affected by fuel poverty by bringing together installers, local contractors and a funding partner.

The award recognises the successful programme of turbine installations across Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles and the positive impact of the scheme in helping to alleviate local fuel poverty. To date 50 small wind turbines, each generating 6kW of electricity have been supplied, installed and commissioned with turbine hosts benefiting from reduced electricity and heating bills.

Linda Annal, who hosts one of the turbines, comments: ‘The Energise Initiative has made such a difference to us. It has allowed us to benefit from ‘home-grown’ renewable energy and reduce our energy out-goings by as much as 60%. We wouldn’t have been able to reduce our energy and fuel bills without this program and it has had such a positive impact on our lives. The investment into a small wind turbine for many is too expensive so we welcomed an opportunity to host the turbine on our land without a need to invest any of our personal funds.’

Adam Delaney, Director of Hamsin Wind said: ‘We are delighted that the efforts of all parties involved in the Energise Initiative have been recognised by this prestigious regional award. We are continuing to work together to deliver renewable energy projects across some of the most isolated locations in Scotland.’