Saturday, 30 July 2016

Awel Wind Power Co-operative

A sign appeared on Hay Bridge a little while ago, advertising a local wind power scheme, and I've just got round to looking up their website and finding out more about them.
Awel is offering an opportunity to become part of a new Welsh wind Co-op - you can buy shares for as little as £50. The plan is for them to build two wind turbines at Mynydd y Gwrhyd, twenty miles north of Swansea. They started building in March, and are expecting the work to be complete in December.
Any profits the wind turbines make will be used in combatting fuel poverty through a local charity, Awel Aman Tawe, and developing other renewable energy projects.
This isn't the group's first foray into the world of renewable energy. They have already set up Egni Solar Co-op, which has installed 119kW of solar panelling on five community buildings.

According to the website, the scheme grew out of community meetings, where local people said they'd prefer wind power to the opencast mining in the area. They add:
"An 82-year-old woman telephoned the project to say: ‘We’ve put up with the noise and the dust from these pits for years. What are we worried about a few windmills singing in the wind?’"

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