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Renewables grant boost for MACC

5th May 2015

A recent application by Machrihanish Airbase Community Company for a CARES Start-up Grant has been successful. The company has been awarded £9,400 by the Local Energy Scotland led scheme to carry out a pre-feasibility study which will examine all forms of renewable power.

SgurrEnergy, a leading renewable energy consultancy, has been appointed to advise on the project following a competitive tendering process. Providing consultancy services in onshore and offshore wind, solar, wave & tidal and hydro projects, SgurrEnergy’s final report will identify the best options available to MACC in maximising the renewable potential on site.

The good news follows shortly after the former RAF airbase narrowly missed out on the Local Energy Challenge Fund in March.

MACC Chairman, Tom Millar said: ‘Huge potential for renewable development lies in the infrastructure of our site. We have received a great deal of interest from industry leaders in solar, biomass and wind. The award from Local Energy Scotland and the CARES grant will allow us to carefully consider the best course of action for the benefit of the site, our tenants and the wider community.’

SgurrEnergy’s community renewables manager, Fergus Tickell, said: “We are delighted to be working with MACC during the feasibility phase of this sustainability project. The introduction of renewable energy on this unique site will not only contribute to the community company’s economic and environmental objectives, but could also provide important benefits for the wider local community.”

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