Getting involved in wind power
SOUTH Devon residents are being encouraged to make a community-owned renewable energy scheme in Devon a reality.
Devon Community Wind Co-operative is being set up with the aim of owning three projects across the county, giving the people of Devon the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the issues of climate change and invest in the turbines.
The three sites which are being developed by ClearWinds working in partnership with Energy4All are Torr Quarry Community Wind Farm, near Kingsbridge, comprising of two medium-scale wind turbines, and Waytown Community Wind Turbine at Inwardleigh and Rye Park Community Wind Turbine near Bratton Fleming, each comprising one single medium-scale wind turbine.
All the turbines will have a hub-height of 50m and a maximum height to the blade tip of 78m, and will have a 25-year life.
John Malone, development director at Energy4All, said: "In order for the proposed Devon Community Wind Co-operative to succeed, we very much want the people of Devon to get behind it in any way they can.
"The intention is that all three projects will be owned by the new co-operative.
"And we are encouraging people from all walks of life to get involved, with first priority being given to people living close to the projects and then to Devon residents.
"This is a real opportunity to make a very practical contribution to the fight against climate change while earning a return on an ethical investment."
John Malone added: "We have a great opportunity now, to really start making inroads into creating a 'greener' and more energy self sufficient county."
The Devon Community Wind Co-operative welcomes the support of Devon residents to create a greener Devon.
For those interested in supporting the wind energy projects, helping with the set-up of the co-operative, being involved in discussions about the community funds or simply would like to be kept informed, log on to www.devonwind.coop or contact John Malone, development director at Energy4All on 01229 821028 or email email@example.com
For more information about Energy4All and its projects, log on to www.energy4all.co.uk or to find out more about ClearWinds, log on to www.clear winds.co.uk