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Windfall Fund

tilleyOn Monday 13 December TREL was delighted to make its first transfer of money generated by Tilley to the Trust. A cheque for £10,000 has been formally handed to the Trust. Further transfers will be made in 2011.

Over the life of the turbine, TREL will transfer all its available net income to the Trust after meeting its operating costs, including Bank repayments and other reserves. The money is held by the Trust in a ring-fenced bank account at RBS and can only be used for the Windfall Fund and is not used for staff or office costs.

There will be an open day on Saturday January 29 at An Talla to launch the Windfall Fund. The day will probably start at 1pm and finish about 4.30pm and refreshments will be served all afternoon. The application process, eligibility, how applications will be scrutinised and the selection criteria will be explained. Application forms and guidance notes will be available on the day and afterwards from the Trust office and online at the Trust’s website. The deadline for applications for the first round of awards is 31 March 2011. There will be further application rounds later in the year. For 2011, the amount of each grant awarded will be limited to a maximum of £1,000.

Once again TREL and the Trust would like to thank the Co-operative Bank and the BIG Lottery Fund for their support. Lynne, Tiree’s Local Development Officer, will also be explaining at the Open Day the work she is doing on updating the Community Development Plan and will be asking what projects you would like to see developed and how.


Ian Tainsh has stepped down from the Board of TREL after nearly 5 years of unstinting unpaid voluntary work. TREL, the Trust and the Tiree Community owe Ian a huge debt of gratitude for the determination and incredible amount of work he has put into making TREL a success and ensuring Tilley is here on the Island and generating money for all of us. We will miss not only his technical accounting and governance help but also his deadpan comments and turn of phrase. We wish Ian well and a well-deserved rest.

Electric Vehicles For Tiree?

Vehicle charging station

Tiree Community Powerdown project has been looking at the feasibility of electric vehicles.
The community identified green transport as an objective in the 2004 Community Development Plan. Electric vehicles have improved in design and battery capacity to give robust vehicles with ranges of up to 70 miles and top speeds of 60 miles per hour. The cars have all the features you would expect in a modern vehicle. And are completely silent! They are cheap to run at approximately 1.5 pence per mile for fuel costs compared to 17.5 pence per mile for conventional cars. They are more expensive to buy compared with conventional cars.

Tiree is well suited to electric vehicles because:

  • There is a premium on imported fossil fuels
  • Most journeys on Tiree are short and over flat terrain
  • We have an exceptional wind resource which can provide an excess of electricity at night when it is cheapest to use
  • The most efficient use of this electricity is at the place where it is generated.

Climate challenge fund

One funding stream, the Climate Challenge Fund, is aimed at community benefit and carbon reduction. An application for two electric vehicles for community use has been made.

If we are successful the vehicles are expected to be kept at the Business Centre and we will also aim to install a small wind turbine there so that the vehicles will provide carbon neutral transport. The vehicles we have requested funding for are one mini-bus and one car. The car would be primarily used by the meals on wheels service and by the staff of community organisations. It would also be available for trial by Tiree residents.

For the first 8 months of the project community use of the vehicles will be free. After this period a hire charge of around 12p per mile is proposed to cover costs. The project aims to raise awareness of and trial electric vehicles for Tiree conditions and to ensure that as many as possible existing community car journeys are made using electric vehicles.

The project proposes to lease the vehicles for a 3 year period and replace up to 22,000 miles each year providing a total carbon emissions saving of 21 tonnes.

Northern Periphery Programme

Tiree community has also been approached by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to participate in an electric vehicle project aimed at hiring cars to tourists.

This project, which could be the first tourist electric car hire programme in the UK, could result in less congestion on the ferry at peak times and help to promote Tiree as a ‘green’ destination.

The Northern Periphery project requires links to be made between different countries including Sweden, Ireland, Iceland and Norway. For this project the lead partner is the Swedish Roads Authority, with other partners in Harjedalen, Sweden, and East Iceland.

HIE wish to identify a community organisation who will be responsible for the project on Tiree and identify who will operate the scheme (probably an existing business) and any other key stakeholders who would be associate partners for the project.
A business plan is required by 24th March and if successful the project would run for 3 years from September 2010.

For more info on either of these projects please contact Frances Woodhead, Community Powerdown Officer at the Rural Centre on 220 677 or 07775 354789.

Tiree Wind Turbine Update

Many thanks to all the Tiree Community who have been supportive and understanding during the recent road
works from Scarinish to the turbine site at Ruaig. Agrimarine are working well and hope to complete all works
by the 30th. They also hope to carry out some of the more disruptive works during the hours of darkness when there should be less traffic on the road. This is likely to be the areas between the Pier Road end and Tullymet and the Salum road end to the site at Ruaig. Once we know specific times of the works we will ensure that this information is prominently displayed in the usual shops and business premises.
We can now confirm that the turbine components and crane will arrive by Calmac chartered ferry on Saturday
7th November. It is likely that the longest delays will be caused to Caolis bound traffic moving in the same direction as the crane trailer en route to the site. Once we have the travel schedule from the haulier we will again ensure that this information is prominently displayed as before in order that you can plan your journey accordingly.
If you require any further information regarding the project, please get in touch with Liz at the Trust Office:
01879 220074.

Community Turbine Works Progress

turbine_siteAnyone passing by the turbine site at Ruaig could not fail to have noticed the seemingly never ending activity at the site.
The contractors men have been working tirelessly, in all weathers, over the last couple of weeks and the access road and crane pad are nearing completion. The next phase following immediately will be the construction of the turbine foundation base. This is simply a round concrete plinth about 17 metres in diameter upon which the turbine will be erected.
After the turbine is erected the foundation and the crane pad will be covered over and tidied up. The TREL Board wish to thank the community for their patience during the transportation of the aggregate to the site.
There will be some further movements of heavy vehicles delivering foundation materials but hopefully not to the same degree as before. Nevertheless we apologise if this causes any inconvenience. We will keep you advised of how things are progressing.