Many apologies for the lack of updates from these pages since the AGM back in August.
The First General Meeting was a great success with over 50 people coming along to the event and to visit the site afterwards. One of the main purposes of the meeting was to elect the board of Directors who will steer Green Energy Mull for at least the next year. Green Energy Mull can have a maximum of 9 and a minimum of 5 Directors. If we had received nominations for more than 9 Directors then an election would have been called, however we received 8 , so all were put forward as Directors and all were accepted. This new board comprises:
Moray Finch Chairman – Moray has been involved with the hydro scheme since the start and is also the General Manager of Mull and Iona Community Trust
Nigel Burgess – Vice Chair – Nigel has also been involved with the scheme since its start, and is also Chair of Sustainable Mull and Iona, a group of like minded islanders who promote and encourage the use of sustainable and renewable energy.
Richard Thorne – Company Secretary – Richard has been working as Project Manager for the hydro for about 2 years and is keen to see it through to the operations phase
Richard West – Finance Director – Richard lives in Tobermory and has experience of keeping the finances on track for a number of community and social enterprises on Mull.
Chris Baker – Chris was a member of the Garmony Hydro Steering Group and has vast experience of small scale hydro schemes on the island.
Derek Crook – Derek was also a member of the steering group. Derek has been involved with recycling, and renewable energy schemes for many years
Colin Pritchard – Colin has a background in renewable energy and is a consultant in this area. Colin has been a keen visitor to Mull for a number years and now has a house on the island
Andrew Robertson – Andrew has been involved with the hydro scheme since the start, and was also a member of the steering group.
Since work commenced on site back in May a huge amount has happened and the scheme is progressing well. The primary intake is almost complete. This has required much digging and rock breaking and dodging the bad weather. The 800 metre long pipe that will take the water from the intake to the turbine has been delivered, welded together and is now being buried in a trench. Work on the turbine house has now been started and the foundations are being laid. Although all the contractors and suppliers involved with Garmony Hydro are doing their absolute best, there is a chance that the scheme will not be commissioned by the end of this year, but it is hoped that commissioning will take place during January 2015. I will post photos of the scheme as soon as I can.