Portobello & Leith Community Wind Turbine Project

The con­tent on this page (in the para­graph below this, and the links below that) will be updated very shortly, mean­while treat them as his­tor­ic­al back­ground to the excit­ing next steps PEDAL is tak­ing with our part­ners Greener Leith in seek­ing to secure a new site for com­munity tur­bines. The idea is that the two  tur­bines being pro­posed for just south of Inverness can help the com­munit­ies near where they will be sited, can help Portobello and Leith build resi­li­ence, and can hope­fully be the start of co-oper­a­tion in all sorts of oth­er ways between these rur­al and urb­an com­munit­ies. For more inform­a­tion see our latest (5th May 2014) news on Next Steps to New Site for Community Wind Energy Project? and see the new web­site PEDAL and Greener Leith have cre­ated that is ded­ic­ated to Community Turbines.

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PEDAL, in part­ner­ship with neigh­bour­ing Greener Leith, is pro­pos­ing to devel­op a com­mer­cial scale wind tur­bine on land at Seafield WasteWater Treatment Works, Seafield Road, to gen­er­ate elec­tri­city for sale to landown­ers Scottish Water or export to the National Grid. If suc­cess­ful, this will be the first com­munity owned income gen­er­at­ing wind tur­bine in a UK city. Depending on the size of the tur­bine, it could save between 400 and 2000 tonnes of CO2 equi­val­ent each year, power­ing between 300 and 1300 homes. In June 2011 we had a feas­ib­il­ity study com­pleted that shows the site is indeed a good one for this type of facil­ity.

10 responses to “Portobello & Leith Community Wind Turbine Project

  1. Miss Leslie Florence

    I would like to know if I can buy anoth­er “Porty Shopper” some­where. I’ve worn my last one out and I really love it.


    • Hi there Leslie,

      We’re aware of the short­age of Porty Shoppers and we’re going to get some more made up very soon. We’ll be selling them at the mar­ket, on the first Saturday of each month. Hopefully they’ll be ready for the November mar­ket.

      All the best, Eva

  2. Hi, id like to meet to talk of renew­able energy plans for our area, please send me dates of next meet­ings thanks very much, kind regards anna

    • Hi there Anna,

      Sorry it’s taken so long for us to reply — we only have volun­teers work­ing on PEDAL at the moment, so it can take a while. I’m keen to re-start our energy group, as the tur­bine pro­ject has been taken over by a very small group (which is neces­sary, as it’s got VERY tech­nic­al), but there’s still more that we could be doing. If you’d like to meet, please get in touch with me: evaschonveld(at)gmail(dot)com.

      All the best, Eva

  3. im live­ing in porty­belo and very keen to come to energy meet­ing please con­tact me with future dates, thanks so much, look­for­ward to get­ting involved , anna

  4. Redbraes Residents Association

    Good luck in your pro­ject…. Your efforts have been out­stand­ing and deserve recog­ni­tion.

    Davie Thomson

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  7. I think this sounds like a great idea. It makes envir­on­ment­al sense to have a com­munity tur­bine. Individual tur­bines are appar­ently less energy effi­cient and poorer value for money.
    The Northwind 100 looks like a good choice and there are sev­er­al in place already to look at.

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