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CAIRNGORM CONSIDERS GREEN ENERGY

The owner of the Scottish ski area is commissioning work to look at the scope for using renewable energy.

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Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) says the first stage is a high-level review of the appropriateness of different forms of renewable energy generation and storage on the mountain.

The second stage will involve more detailed analysis of the particular technologies likely to be the best fit for the Cairngorm estate.

HIE is putting the appraisal work out to public tender.

“Contractors will also be asked to consider examples of technology used elsewhere in a similar context and advise on potential funding options,” HIE says.

It’s part of a wider review of energy at Cairngorm by HIE and its operating subsidiary, Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited.

This first stage – an energy efficiency audit – is already underway.

The Lecht wind turbine

Green energy at another Scottish ski area, The Lecht

Last week CMSL confirmed it was planning to source sustainably produced HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) to reduce reliance on diesel for machinery, including the generators that run the snow factory.

The resort opens for skiing and snowboarding on Saturday 7th December.

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HIE says a move to renewable energy generation on the mountain could potentially reduce costs as well as reduce the estate’s overall carbon footprint.

It would also align with the Scottish Government Climate Change Plan to drive down emissions by using innovative solutions to protect and enhance the natural environment.

“We are constantly looking at ways to cut emissions and reduce environmental impacts,” Elaine Hanton, HIE’s head of energy technologies and regulation said.

“We believe there are potential opportunities at Cairngorm to reduce dependence on fossil fuels through renewable energy sources.

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