Case Study

Last year we were contacted by a Scottish land owner who was interested in
wind turbines on his land. This case study shows the process we went
through taking this site from enquiry to completed construction.

Wind speed

Last year we were contacted by a Scottish land owner who was interested in wind turbines on his land. He wasn’t sure if his site had enough wind or where the best location might be. We were able to look over the site remotely to see where potential obstacles might be and to match the topography to wind gain. From finding an initial location on his land, we were able to quickly establish that the site had sufficient wind speed to warrant further investigation.


Initial steps

The site was then analysed based on our initial steps which allowed us to sign up the land owner to his option agreement. One worry the land owner had was how the inherent financial risk of building a turbine would affect him. By explaining that yoo Energy takes all the financial risk for the development, after the option agreement he was confident that he was safe, but would none the less gain if the project was successful.


Planning

From here we took the site through planning including environmental assessments, local restrictions such as AONB, national heritage and MOD, visual impact, site access and community impact. One point flagged here was the effect on the local community. This was covered by consulting with the local community to sight the turbine away from habitations and planning the site traffic to reasonable hours.


Grid connection

The grid connection for the site is critical to a projects success. Once a rough indication of the potential cost was estimated, we were comfortable that the cost wouldn’t exceed the project limitations. From here we applied for a full grid connection with the District Network Operator which once processed was granted.


Application

The planning application was then submitted to the local authorities. Whilst we were working alongside them to put the planning application together a wind turbine project must have the blessing of the local authorities before it can go ahead. Happily the application was successful; this allowed us to place the orders for the turbine, equipment and book in specialist labour.


Construction

The Construction itself then took three months from laying the temporary access track, digging and pouring the foundation, erecting the turbine and finally to commissioning and grid connection.