UistWind Community Wind Turbine Fund

by UistWind in Claddach Kirkibost, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 1st January 2019 we successfully raised £1,010 with 3 supporters in 18 days

To raise capital for the construction of two wind turbines to generate energy and income to benefit the local community.

by UistWind in Claddach Kirkibost, Scotland, United Kingdom

North Uist has some of the best wind resource in the world, with an average wind speed high above UK norms. We aim to harness this energy with proven technology to secure a sustainable future for the community.

The Project - Am Pròiseact

UistWind is a project of the North Uist Development Company (Trading) Limited (NUDC-T) which was initiated by members of North Uist Development Company (NUDC) and the wider North Uist community. NUDC-T was established as a Community Benefit Society in 2018, and  has been set up to enable the development of our wind farm in line with the following founding objectives:

Developing and operating a renewable energy project or projects ;

Providing an opportunity for public-spirited people and organisations to contribute financially to the community, with the expectation of financial and social reward;

Supporting the activities of North Uist Development Company in its charitable objectives.

Technical development to date

Feasibility studies identified a suitable site on Criongrabhal, near Clachan-na-Luib, suitable for 2 turbines generating a total of 1.8MW. Planning permission has been obtained from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and, Scottish & Southern Electricity (SSE) has granted an export license to enable electricity generated to be sold to the National Grid.  Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) pre-accreditation was acknowledged on 11th December 2017.

Raising additional capital

We have already raised around £332,550 through community share offer and we are seeking to meet the final investment target of £350,000 by 31st December 2018. This crowdfunding campaign aims to raise this additional capital. We are calling on supporters near and far to support our island community in our bid to build this transformational project. 

Clean, green energy

Once installed, the two turbines are estimated to generate more than 6,370MWh of green electricity each year. This is equivalent electricity to power more than 1,300 homes a year and reduce carbon dioxide by over 2,230 tonnes annually. Renewable energy has an important role to play in addressing the key issues of climate change and security of supply and we recognise our role in supporting a greener future.

Bringing economic and social benefit to the community

Our conservative financial projections indicate the project will generate up to £2.33 million over 22 years, providing on average £105,000 annually to the local community. These funds will be used to fund a variety of local projects and initiatives in direct support of those people, community groups and charitable organisations based in North Uist.

The surplus will vary depending on interest payments and, of course, the weather! If North Uist has a very windy year there may be more profits available.  

Please donate to our campaign and help us raise the additional capital needed to meet our investment target and provided a sustainable revenue stream for the local community.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10,000 or more

0 of 15 claimed

£10,000 Reward

Be one of the first to own a bottle of North Uist Distillery gin from the first ever run in North Uist.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

UistWind New Year Card as a thank you.

£500 or more

2 of 40 claimed

£500 Reward

North Uist sea charm by Shoreline Stoneware: beautiful little ceramic pebbles with hand-carved heart detail, enhanced with fragments of recycled blue glass, with love from Uist.

£1,000 or more

0 of 40 claimed

£1000 Reward

North Uist mounted photograph, taken by a local photographer.

£2,000 or more

0 of 25 claimed

£2000 Reward

Shoreline mermaid's purse tile by Shoreline Stoneware: enchanting little tile depicting a Mermaids Purse design, highlighted with blue glass and raffia hanging. Mermaids Purses are often found blown up the beach closer to the machair by our fresh sustainable North Uist sea breeze.

£3,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£3000 Reward

UistWind limited edition calendar.

£5,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£5000 Reward

Limited edition print/painting signed by a local artist.

£15,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£15,000 Reward

Have a day fishing in North Uist, with local gilly Alastair Macleod. For one-day during the fishing season in 2019.

£25,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£25,000 Reward

Have your name or business name preserved on a plaque at the site of the Uist Wind turbines and your name will be recognised on the website.

£50,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£50,000 Reward

Name a turbine – your name or business name. Open the turbine and cut the tape at the opening event. Exclusive and limited to 1.

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