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Heavy Horses back on Gigha

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The heavy horses have been back on Gigha in recent times, working the land like they had done in years past. Neil McPhail and Michael Mayberry of Skernish were at the site of Gigha 's new wind 330kw turbine, carrying out re-instatement works on 3km of 11kV underground cables that were laid in January 2013. Whilst the bulk of the work had been carried out by tractor, the final stages were left in the capable hands of Tommy and Poacher – the award winning Skernish Clydesdales.

Gigha Green Power Limited (GGPL) is a community-owned company that are installing a 4th turbine on Gigha, providing more income to the island for all its future projects such as it Housing Improvement Project.

Following completion of the necessary due diligence work relating to the funding and insurance arrangements, over the weekend of 10th May 2013, Neil and Michael brought with them a display of agricultural equipment that they had restored, some of which originally from Gigha. They gave displays of harrowing and ploughing when the weather permitted and many folk on Gigha had a go themselves, under the guidance of the experts of course! The last man to use the heavy horses on Gigha, John McNeill , was keen to get behind the plough again and it was clear that in the passing 60 odd years he hadn't forgotten a thing.

A buffet was provided in the Gigha hotel by Good Energy and Nsure Renewables, Insurance Brokers - companies who have had a long standing relationship with Gigha. Thanks also to Calmac for providing tickets for the ferry.

GGPL chairman Willie McSporran said the turbines, known locally as the Dancing Ladies, are a key part of the island's future, adding: "It's difficult to overstate the importance of the Dancing Ladies. They have produced the surplus we need to attract further finance, debt and equity to invest in the island's future. The fourth turbine project is crucial to our continued success and without the support of key agencies like REIF and the Co-operative Bank, we simply could not have brought it to fruition."

The weekend was a real success and all who attended would like to thank Neil, Michael and their family and friends.
Nsure Renewables wish Gigha every success with their 4th Dancing Lady!

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