HISTORY OF THE LOCHLUICHART COMMUNITY TRUST
In November 2011, following the granting of planning permission, the local community gathered to witness the beginning of work by Eneco on the Lochluichart windfarm with the first cut being made by Lady Eliza Leslie Melville, supported by Garve and District Community Council. The £70m windfarm of 17 turbines was expected to generate 51Mw, being enough electricity for nearly 30,000 homes.
In March 2012 the Lochluichart Community Trust (LCT) was established as a limited company and a charity to take on responsibility for the management of the funds provided from Eneco to the local community, being £2,750 per megawatt of electricity capacity.
Previous to the commissioning of the windfarm in May 2014, LCT held a competition in conjunction with Eneco to design a logo for the LCT or draw their vision of what the Glen should look like. The winner of the logo competition was Tiana MacKenzie, age 13,who wanted to show how the LCT was a part of the community The faces represents the community, the turbines represent the Wind Farm and the sheep represent the farming in the area.
The windfarm was officially opened on May 14th 2014 by Guy Madgwick and Zoisa Walton of Eneco, Leo Johnson and the children of Strathgarve Primary School, who renamed the windfarm the “Spinny Turners”.The first grants were paid out to the community in October 2014. Details of the grants paid are in the previous applications page.
In September 2017, LCT began to receive community funds from the Ledgowan Hydro plant.
In April 2017 EDF Renewables commissioned the 17 turbine Corriemoillie windfarm. With 17 turbines, the Corriemoillie wind farm (47.5 MW) provides enough power for the equivalent of 28,900 Scottish homes each year. Following a review conducted by Foundation Scotland, on behalf of EDF Renewables, community benefit funding has been received by LCT.
Local residents and community councils joined pupils from Strathgarve Primary School at the opening, which also marked the launch of a new scheme to financial support to community initiatives over the next 25 years.