Green Energy Mull is the first community owned hydroelectric generation scheme, on the Isle of Mull. It is being set up at Garmony, on the east coast, under the auspices of Mull and Iona Community Trust. When a share offer was issued, this autumn, members of the Iona and Mull Family Group were interested in supporting this initiative, which has the potential to generate more than 900MWh of green energy each year (the equivalent of powering more than 200 homes) and reducing Mull’s carbon footprint. It will also bring social and environmental benefits to the island.  The hope is that money invested by shareholders will enable start-up loans to be paid back sooner. Construction will start in spring 2014.

Shares are £50 each, but to be a voting member five shares are needed. We are not affluent, but several of us have clubbed together. We now have one vote between us, and will have to call a special FG meeting when the time comes to cast it! But more importantly we are supporting a scheme for local and renewable energy.

If other members of the Community would like to know more about Green Energy Mull (shareholding isn’t limited to local residents – though there has been an impressive take-up here) then check www.garmonyhydro.info or contact enquiries@mict.co.uk

Jan Sutch Pickard

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