SCOTLAND’S biggest community-owned windfarm has secured a £8.5 million refinancing deal from Lombard and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), securing its operation and other community projects. The 6.9MW windfarm, located on South Uist estate and owned by Stòras Uibhist, generates an average of 22,695 MWh a year, enough to supply 850 tenant crofters with electricity, as well as providing an income for the communities of Eriskay, South Uist and parts of Benbecula. Stòras Uibhist, a community-owned company, oversees the operation of the windfarm, in addition to a number of other projects across the 93,000-acre South Uist Estate, including the management and maintenance of the Bonnie Prince Charlie trail, the Lochboisdale Harbour and the world-renowned Askernish Golf Course. Purchased in 2006 at a cost of £4.6m, the acquisition of South Uist estate remains the largest community buyout since the Land Reform Act was passed by the Scottish Government in 2003.
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