News Release JMC Communications Scotland Ltd
Added at 06:01 on 27 July 2023
Environmental surveys taking place
Environmental surveys are being carried out on land owned by the Clan Donald Lands Trust on the Sleat Peninsula to assess the potential for wind energy development.
Ross Jamison from Galileo Energy said: “We are working with the Clan Donald Lands Trust and Sleat General Common Grazings to consider the suitability of some areas of land to generate energy from wind. The surveys are part of an early stage feasibility study to work out if wind energy generation is possible. The information we gather from these surveys will help us to collectively decide if a wind project is appropriate.”
Alex Stoddart, CEO of Clan Donald Lands Trust, commented: “As a responsible island landowner and charitable trust, CDLT is mindful of the Scottish Government’s commitment to renewable energy, a just transition, and sustainable development. We support this commitment and are exploring whether low carbon energy production on land under our custodianship could play its part. The feasibility work will provide the information we need to make a well-informed decision on wind. Separately, biomass and hydro energy may also be of interest in Sleat.
As sustainability has three equal pillars – economy, environment and communities – we are committed to ensuring that any renewable energy development at CDLT benefits local people, local wealth-building, and our treasured environment. We are pleased to be working in partnership with crofters at this early stage, and in due course will engage with other community interests should the survey data show that a project is feasible.”
Crofting representatives have held an early meeting to discuss Galileo’s proposals and are supportive in principle, pending further information.
For more information contact Jane Cumming on 07900 917142 or email@example.com
Tim Shone, Chair Sleat Community Council said:
'In regard to the new Sleat wind farm proposal, we look forward to engaging with CDLT and their commercial partner as a matter of urgency to better understand what is proposed and to allay the genuine concerns that will arise in the community.'