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UCTC earns income for community projects and groups through the profit generated by the wholly community owned Udny Community Wind Turbine Company which is a trading subsidiary.
Udny Community Wind Turbine Company began with an idea from within the community back in 2004. It was critical to check that a community owned turbine was supported and that there were plans in place to spend the potential income once the turbine was producing electricity.
The community joined in with enthusiasm, and a large majority welcomed the proposal. The original site chosen was changed after this consultation process to reduce possible nuisance. The slight reduction on the optimum output was considered a good trade-off as it kept local support high. Not everybody finds wind turbines as attractive addition to the countryside!
As the construction of the turbine was completed, charity rules meant that a separate charitable body had to be formed to handle the revenue for charitable purposes.
UCTC had to be community controlled and led and be eligible for charitable status. Following an extended process, UCTC finally received charitable status in 2014. This was easier said than done and meant complying with both Scots law and English law to gain recognition.