Case studies

Hamsin Wind

Hamsin Wind installs small, community based, single onshore wind turbines in high wind speed locations across the UK with a particular focus on the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

The company gives farmers and landowners an opportunity to install small single wind turbines on their properties and to benefit from discounted power charges for 20 years and beyond. The small scale turbines are sympathetic with rural landscapes and connected to the grid. They can be installed swiftly and are subject to a relatively straightforward planning process.

Hamsin has the potential to save over 5,000 tonnes per year of CO2 or over 100,000 tonnes over the life of the turbines – equivalent to taking emissions from 20,000 cars off the road. The company works with development partners Hadrian Electrical and Mistral Energy.

The ‘Energise Funded Wind Initiative’, a partnership between Hamsin Wind, Kingspan Wind and Orkney Renewables was highly commended in the Large Scale Project of the Year category at the Scotland Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Regional Awards in March 2017. The award recognised the successful programme of 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.

We are working with Hamsin Wind to develop this novel renewable energy portfolio. We are actively identifying landowners and communities with suitable sites for turbine installation - ideally where the host has a significant on-site power demand.

Paul Gibbon, Managing Director, Mistral Energy Limited