Wind turbines to power Scottish Water treatment works on Isles of Skye and Raasay


  A wind turbine manufacturer has announced the commissioning of three R9000 small wind turbines to power Scottish Water’s waste water treatment works at Broadford, on the Isle of Skye, and another three at the water treatment works on Raasay.
Evance Wind Turbines said the generators will harness the natural wind resource to reduce the energy costs of operating vital services for the community, and next month three turbines will be installed at the Portree waste water treatment works to support its operation.

“These nine Evance turbines will make a significant difference to the running cost of the water treatment works as they will generate nearly 50% of the electricity needed to operate these services,” commented Tim Sammon, Director of Evance Wind Turbines.

“Scottish Water is looking to take advantage of natural wind resources at some of our sites to reduce our energy bill and, in turn, the cost of providing essential services to our customers in Scotland.  The commissioning of the turbines on Skye and Raasay follow similar schemes in the
Western Isles and Orkney,” said Eddie Johnstone, Project Manager with Scottish Water’s Energy Team.

“We are working with Scottish Water on further projects, as they continue to work towards a more sustainable public service,” added Mr Sammon.

Scottish Water is the fourth largest water & waste water service provider in the UK, providing 5 million customers, with 1.3 billion litres of clean water every day and also takes away 839 million litres of waste water a day.

With over 2,100 water and waste water treatments works, and other sites, the organisation is a large user of energy.

The turbines are part of the wider investment programme by Scottish Water Horizons the utility’s commercial subsidiary, in renewable generation schemes across Scotland.