Brora is a small industrial village situated on the north east region of East Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands. At one time Brora was known for having a coal pit, boat building, salt pans, fish curing, lemonade factory, the new Clynelish Distillery (as well as the old Clynelish distillery which is now called the Brora distillery), wool mill, bricks and a stone quarry.
Brora was the first place in the north of Scotland to have electricity thanks to its wool industry. This distinction gave rise to the local nickname of “Electric City” at the time.
Today the Kilbraur Wind Energy pays around £140,000 per year to benefit the communities of Brora, Golspie and Rogart for the lifetime of the wind farm.
The Kilbraur Community Benefit Fund has made a huge impact locally, particularly to young people who by the remote location of the communities, have previously missed out on opportunities available to their urban peers.
With the support of Energy4All, Kilbraur Wind Energy Co-op purchased a stake in the Kilbraur wind farm after raising a total of £1,043,900. In July 2011 the members of the co-op were given the opportunity to purchase a further stake in the additional 8 turbines extension. The co-op currently has 528 members each with a shareholding ranging from £250 – £20,000.