Machrihanish renewables supply micro grid

Project lead: Community Energy Scotland

Award amount: £12,838

Area: Argyll and Bute



Machrihanish Airbase in Kintyre is vast.  A community company owns the site which extends to over 1,000 acres and has its own power grid, as well as a range of thriving businesses, including Scotland’s only large scale wind turbine tower manufacturer. The vision is to better exploit the site’s potential renewable energy resources to provide low cost renewable energy to the existing users of the site and help a new generation of local business to take off. 


Project summary

The Phase One project funded by the Local Energy Challenge Fund will look at the whole airbase site and its strong community-owned microgrid within the perimeter.  Both the site and the existing microgrid are not currently used at their full potential.

For the first time this project will establish the local energy generation options and how the grid can be more fully utilised.  The work will establish the capacities and financial issues around the installation and operation of renewable energy generation to supply the existing buildings and businesses active there. 

The work will scope options to add new generation capacity (heat and electricity) for export to the local network or on-site tenants.  Technologies to generate and store power and heat will also be considered and a blue print produced to provide a strong basis for a Round Two bid to the Local Energy Challenge Fund.

Few places in Scotland can have the renewable energy resource, space and potential of the former Machrihanish Airbase.  Phase One of this project will look to see how innovation and local energy networks in and around the Base could benefit from the jobs and economic activity a renewable energy powered site could deliver.