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Wind Turbine - lease option ?
« on: September 23, 2013, 09:50:46 pm »
HI there,

Was just wondering if anyone in SCotland has had any experience regarding wind turbines provided free but you get the benefit of any electricity generated with the wind turbine company getting the benefit of the feed in tarrif ?

On the face of it, it seems like a good compromise, although Im mindful that if it sounds to good to be true then it probably is !!

Any feedback welcomed

Many thanks
Castlemilk Moorit sheep and Belted Galloway cattle, plus other hangers on.


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Re: Wind Turbine - lease option ?
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2013, 07:32:42 am »
We wanted one, but are too close to neighbouring properties.  :(

Contact the R&A Group - - very reputable, they have been the main sponsors of the Scottish Smallholder Festival the past two years and we know them well.

If you're at the Festival on Saturday - - you can meet them there.



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Re: Wind Turbine - lease option ?
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2013, 08:33:07 am »
i was told to do that by a visiting council EH ! - but then i heard they restricted the planning permissions. that was a couple of years ago now tho. i dont suppose a EH would have much influence on the planning team  :roflanim:


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Re: Wind Turbine - lease option ?
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2013, 06:45:30 am »
In many cases these arrangements work perfectly, though in this case I would do a little more investigation, R and A group have only been going since the feed in tariff boom, where will they be when it falls away ?
On google they state they where established in 05 although companies house state 2008  :thinking: one of their companies has been going since 05 but not the group nor the renews
You could always look for a company that have been around for a while, also a limited company that is a "group" should list their group holding I am unable to find this, I have checked companies house, no association there, their co's are r&a renewables, r&a electrical services, & r&a systems (Scotland), I would be looking into the small print to who owns the turbine as I'm pretty sure it won't be them.
I personally wouldn't touch this company, I would look for an established, reputable company.


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Re: Wind Turbine - lease option ?
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2013, 07:39:44 am »
Also I would check out what happens when or if you want to sell the property. Does the free electic continue or is it personal to you, otherwise the turbine may devalue the house if new owner gets no benefit but is stuck with it. I'm sure it would Be transferable and all fine but I'd want to check, and also any admin feeds relating to that etc.


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Re: Wind Turbine - lease option ?
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2013, 05:08:11 pm »
 Thanks everyone for the replies.

The company I was talking to had a stand at the Keith Show last month and are based in between Huntly and Banff, although I havent got their details to hand as they are back home in Lancashire - they had the usual glossy brochures etc but I kinda liked the fact that they were 'local' rather than being based in the big smoke somewhere.

I'll be home at weekend so will pick the documents up and post again with their details to see if any has specific experience of them, both good and / or bad.

All the best

Castlemilk Moorit sheep and Belted Galloway cattle, plus other hangers on.


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Re: Wind Turbine - lease option ?
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2013, 06:19:31 pm »
I bumped in to a man who lived in an isolated spot  but near and he was saying he could get money for putting one on his land, he only has a small house size plot but isolated so worth a try, I was impressed. ::)


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Re: Wind Turbine - lease option ?
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2013, 12:26:25 am »
Be wary of the small print on this. You will get free electricity but will still have to pay for electricity on non windy days which includes frosty mornings in winter. Much better if you can finance and take the feed in tariff yourself for the better economic return.

How big a turbine was being proposed?


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