On a cold, wet and windy day yesterday members of Coigach community and others gathered to celebrate the realisation of a dream started in March 2003 when, at a packed community meeting, the decision was taken to explore the possibility of erecting a wind turbine to generate funds for community projects. After a long and at times turbulent gestation the 500kW turbine was commissioned in March of this year and is now generating those valuable funds.
Those who came to the event in the community hall saw a fantastic exhibition of photographs and information about the project before going up to the wind turbine to hear snatches of Iain Muir read a ‘Toast to the Turbine’ through the howling wind after which a quaich full of whisky was launched at the turbine which began to wail as Alison Sinclair, secreted within, struck up her bagpipes as Lizzie Williams was thrust forward to cut the ribbon, after which many people and two dogs made their way into the turbine base for shelter. Following that, everyone went to the nearby Ben Mor Hydro turbine house at Acheninver to hear Stuart Hamilton of Locogen Ltd explain the complexities of the 500kW turbine with its 2 km pipeline bringing water from high above Coigach. Everyone then repaired to the hall for a warming bowl of soup from Achiltibuie Garden who were catering for the day’s events. Lots of discussion and questions for CCDC and CWP directors and Locogen (our project managers) before early evening saw dinner being served, the bar opened and the ceilidh started with music from the amazing Ruaraidh Maclean.