We are working hard to secure further funding for this exciting project. The following work is required to take it forward to full planning application:
As the site is on the edge of the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area (SPA), a full year of ornithology surveys is required. These started in April.
Wind resource assessment
An initial three months of measurement is has already been carried out, however this is insufficient for financiers. Therefore we require funds for a further six to nine months monitoring. The most cost effective method will be to erect a traditional met mast (~50M).
Environmental Impact Assessment
Proximity to the SPA and World Heritage Site mean EIA will be required, including full assessment of landscape and visual impact, ecology, and cultural heritage impact. Initial assessment of views of the turbine form Edinburgh’s protected viewpoints has already been carried out and show that the turbine is unlikely to be visible from the old or new towns (with the possible exception of the lookout tower at Edinburgh Castle).
Flue gas emissions impact assessment
We need to carry out a flue gas emissions impact assessment in relation to the proposed biomass energy plant in Leith.
Pre-planning consultation with each of the three affected local communities (Leith, Portobello, Craigentinny/ Restalrig) will be required as part of the full EIA process. However, more extensive consultations will be required to bring (and keep) local people on board, including for example public presentations/ Q&A sessions, web-based surveys, and a public ballot.
Preparation and submission of full planning application and supporting documentation to the requirements of City of Edinburgh Council. This will cover:
- Environmental Statement
- Non-Technical Summary
- Planning Application
Application for connection to the national grid (this will be required whether the turbine supplies a local industrial user or not).
Securing project finance
Analysis of the wind data to produce a wind yield report, plus negotiation with banks and applications to other grant funders to secure finance for the build.
- Drafting, negotiating and finalising the site option agreement and lease attached to this;
- Drafting, negotiating and finalising power purchase agreement;
- Setting up a joint venture vehicle between PEDAL and Greener Leith to own and operate the turbine.
- Negotiate turbine procurement contract
- Negotiate turbine construction contract
And throughout the project we will need:
People to oversee consultants to ensure work is completed to time, quality and budget. This includes getting regular updates from the consultants, making day-to-day decisions on how to proceed, troubleshooting, and report to the PEDAL and Greener Leith Board.
Liaison with key stakeholders and community consultation
This is essential to ensure broad and timely support for the project. The main stakeholders are: the local community, landowner and site operator (Scottish Water and Stirling Water), electricity customers, funders, the media, and local politicians.
We are planning a detailed consultation with all three affected communities — Leith, Craigentinny and Portobello. This will use on-line media, surveys/polls, information at local events, and public meetings.