Community wind energy gets a boost!

SBCES Lifting_the_blade_setSouth Brent’s community-owned Vestas V27 started production last week and 10th September sees 2355kWh on the clock.

It is great to this project go live, as it is very similar to our local Sustainable Hockerton turbine, which is also fully community owned, and we have close links to one of the Directors who is also a member of our scheme! We wish them every luck and success as the commissioning process gets under way.

Is it possible that we will now we start to catch up with the Danes where back in 2001 over 100,000 families belonged to wind farm cooperatives installing over 86% of the countries wind turbines?  In Germany the national figure is 50%  but in some regions 90% of installed wind capacity  (700MW) is community owned1.

Power to the people!

 

1 Renewable Energy Focus Volume 14 issue 4

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