The Islay Energy Trust is a community owned organisation that aims to develop renewable energy projects for the benefit of the community whilst reducing Islay’s carbon footprint.
How is IET organised?
IET is managed by a board of trustees. The Trustees are elected by IET members. Anyone over the age of 17 who lives or has property on Islay can become a voting member of IET.
The August 2012 IET Newsletter can be downloaded here.
What can IET achieve?
Community-owned renewable energy projects provide opportunities for the generation of significant funds for the benefit of local communities, through grants, soft loans and tax advantages. For example, distributable profits from the 0.7MW wind turbine project on Gigha amounted to £100,000 in 2005/6 – its first full year of operation. Such projects also contribute to reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and to local self sufficiency in energy supplies.
What kind of project does IET develop?
Community Renewable Energy Projects
Operation of small (2kW) to medium (5MW) community renewable projects (wind, hydro and biomass) that will directly generate revenue that can be invested in the community.
Partnerships with Energy Developers
Partnerships with Renewable Energy Developers to maximise the benefits and minimise the negative impacts of large-scale (>5MW) renewables. Benefits could include employment, improved infrastructure and financial benefits.
Carbon Savings Projects
Reducing Islay’s carbon footprint through insulation, energy efficiency and micro-renewables. Benefits include warmer houses and reduced fuel costs.
What projects is IET currently running?
Sound of Islay Tidal Energy Project
In February 2009, IET and ScottishPower Renewables signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a tidal energy project in the Sound of Islay. The proposal is for ten 1MW tidal turbines to be installed. The project employs a local project officer, Andrew Macdonald.
Islay Community Wind Turbine
Project Officer Lindy MacLellan is currently working to deliver a 330kW community wind project at a site near Glenegedale and owned by Scottish Natural Heritage. If successful, this project will earn in the region of £80,000 per annum for the communities of Islay, Jura and Colonsay.
An Introduction to IET
A short leaflet explaining the IET’s aims and projects can be downloaded here: An Introduction to IET
Who is on the IET Board?
The current board members are as follows:
- Philip Maxwell (Chair)
- Malcolm Ogilvie (Vice-Chair)
- Jenni Minto (Treasurer)
- George Dean
- Kirsten Laurie
- Islay McEachern
- Gus Newman
- Ian Stuart
- John Potts (Jura representative)
The Board of Trustees meets monthly. In addition to Annual General Meetings, Extraordinary General Meetings may be held when the Board needs to consult with the members over significant decisions.