Dancing Ladies turn 30

Gigha’s Dancing Ladies celebrate turning 30 years old

Shortly after Gigha’s community land buyout, Gigha became the first community-owned grid-connected windfarm in Scotland. After 18 years turning on Gigha, the second-hand turbines are now 30 years old.

Gigha Renewable Energy Limited (GREL), a subsidiary company of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust (IGHT), was established to purchase three second-hand Vestas V27 turbines from a wind farm in Cumbria in 2004. The turbines have spent over 18 years on Gigha, but the machines are a remarkable 30 years old this month. Since they have been in operation, the three turbines have provided significant income to the community Trust and have allowed the island to prosper. The three turbines are known locally as the Dancing Ladies, and individually named Faith, Hope and Charity. The Dancing Ladies turn alongside one Enercon E33 turbine which was installed by another subsidiary company of the Trust, Gigha Green Power Limited, in 2011.

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