Devon Community Wind Co-operative Looking for Members
by Ethos public relations
With the Prime Minister reaffirming his commitment to community-led renewable energy initiatives, people in Devon have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the issues of climate change with the proposed Devon Community Wind Co-operative.
The Devon-wide wind energy co-operative will be the subject of public open evenings in March and Energy4All, the UK’s leading expert in community-owned renewable energy schemes, is urging Devon residents to attend the events and support the project.
“We very much welcome recent calls for more community involvement in renewable energy. This project offers Devon residents the chance to do this and to ensure that the benefits remain in the local area”, says John Malone, Development Director at Energy4All.
The aim is for the new co-operative to own and operate two medium sized wind turbines at Bratton Fleming in North Devon and at Higher Torr in South Hams. The two sites will each have an installed capacity of up to 1.5MW and are being developed by wind power specialists, ClearWinds, working in partnership with Energy4All.
The intention is that the whole project will be owned by the new co-operative which will offer the opportunity for local residents and people living across Devon to purchase a stake and to receive annual share interest payments from the sale of the electricity generated by the turbines.
The project will also provide a fund for use on energy efficiency and climate change awareness projects in the local area.
“Membership of the proposed Devon-wide wind energy co-operative provides an opportunity for people to engage in an active way with the issues of climate change and energy insecurity,” John Malone adds. “And I would encourage anyone who is interested in finding out more about the project to come along to the open evenings.”
Devon residents are invited to find out more about the proposed Devon-wide wind energy co-operative at the following events:
– Wednesday 21 March, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, at The Kings Arms Hotel, 93 Forestreet, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1AB
– Thursday 22 March, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, at The Castle Centre, 25 Castle Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1DR.
The open evenings will provide attendees with background information about co-operatives, including the ethics, values and principles of co-operative enterprises.
John Malone, Development Director at Energy4All, will explain how the co-operative will work and will discuss the funding aspect of the project. He will also provide further details about how local people can get involved in the project and what needs to happen next in order to get the project up and running.
For more information about the Devon Community Wind Co-operative open evenings or to find out more about Energ4All and its projects, please contact John Malone, Development Director at Energy4All on 01229 821028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.