Muirton of Drumlochy, near Blairgowrie in Perthshire is a 50
acre hill ground property lying at between 600 and 700 feet above sea
In 2012, owner Robert Rattray, a Chartered Surveyor with a well
known Scottish firm, decided to look into the options for a micro
renewable energy project at the property. Robert Rattray takes up the
story, “I was looking to invest in a micro renewable energy project
for production of green energy to reduce our electricity usage, and
make use of FIT allowances.
"Having eventually settled on the idea of
wind energy, our objectives were to install a small efficient reliable
turbine, with minimum visual impact and, importantly, with the least
possible disruption in installation process."
Robert is well tuned in to the rural network in Scotland and was
aware of the plethora of avenues open to him when seeking advice on
selecting and installing a turbine that would meet his objectives and
suit his site. However, as with many such decisions, word of mouth,
and in this case a recommendation from a friend, led Robert to
approach Scaled Energy for this particular project.
"I spoke to a friend who recommended
Scaled Energy having used them on his own micro wind turbine project."
"Our own subsequent discussions with
Scaled Energy made the whole turbine decision process easier for us.
They provided a highly professional survey and proposal with clear and
detailed costings for the project.
"In fact, Scaled Energy were excellent
throughout the process, from initial telephone conversations, to site
surveys, detailed proposals, and then taking into account the
particular circumstances of access to facilitate installation. All in
all, they made the whole process very easy and painless. Their post
installation attention has also been equally quick and
The turbine at Muirton of Drumlochy was installed in September
2012, and at time of writing, with just over seven months of operating
time, has gone a long way to meeting Robert’s aims and objectives.
"With only just over seven months of
operation, current output stands at just over 4000 kWhs. Whilst this
does fall below predicted output, it is difficult to establish whether
the wind over the past seven months has been representative. Time will
"The turbine has cut our electricity
costs, and this in itself should provide significant cumulative
savings over time. It is also good to know that we are contributing to
Scotland’s renewable energy targets, even if only in a very small
"Thanks to Scaled Energy we went into
this project having taken excellent advice. I would urge others
considering a renewable energy installation to be clear at the outset
what they want to achieve, and ensure that they get the best possible
appropriate professional advice to help achieve their goals."