Coigach Wind Power Ltd (CWP) is a community company formed in 2011 and dedicated to the generation and sale of renewable energy from our plentiful supply of wind – most of which whistles straight in from the Atlantic. Right now we’re quite well down the long road towards erecting and commissioning our single 500kW wind turbine.
Coigach is a remote peninsular community covering some 50 square miles of mountains, lochs, islands and croft-land north of Ullapool in Wester Ross, and known by many by the name of its main village, Achiltibuie. That may make it sound big – it is big – but there’s less than 300 people living here.
CWP is wholly owned by Coigach Community Development Company (CCDC). This means that all the profit made by CWP will be given to CCDC. CCDC (see the link to the CCDC site on the right-hand side bar) is a community-owned company set up in 2010 with the objectives of responding to the threats and opportunities we face as a community. What are these? Well, we’re wrestling with inadequate housing and workplace provision, an ageing demographic, remoteness from services and markets, declining school roll and a fragile local economy overdependent on mature or declining markets. CCDC has great plans to address some of these issues, and if everything goes to plan CWP will be its principal source of funding.
Directors of CWP are drawn from among Coigach’s surprisingly diverse residents and diaspora. All volunteers and with a range of backgrounds and experience, the directors contribute complementary skills and knowledge to guide the project through its development stages. CWP’s directors are Steve Husband, Fraser Mackenzie, Ann Macleod, Iain Muir and Alison Sinclair. You can see a brief biography of each director on the ‘Directors’ page. The directors are assisted by CCDC’s two part-time Local Development Officer. Overall project management is being conducted by specialist renewables developers, Locogen Ltd, who CWP appointed to take forward the project after planning permission was received.
Further information: Coigach Wind Power Ltd is a private limited company, limited by shares and wholly owned by Coigach Community Development Company Ltd. It is registered in Scotland (registration number SC413306) and the registered office is: Coigach Community Hall, Achiltibuie, Ullapool, IV26 2YG.