As explained in the previous blogs. We have been lucky enough to win and join an interesting and diverse portfolio of projects going forward on this community energy learning journey. I have a feeling you will hear a lot more from all of these projects as well as the Anafon hydro
Brendon Energy will be working with local people to find the best site, or sites, for a small number of medium-sized wind turbines in the ten parishes around Wiveliscombe in Somerset. These will be owned by the community, and all profits will be invested in new energy projects and donated to a fund to benefit the local community. This will make an interesting case study of the potential for a community enterprise to gain support for wind power.
The Abergwyngregyn Regeneration Company is a North Wales community group who are working with the National Trust to investigate a hydro project on the Anafon River. The high-head hydro would have a fall of 230m from intake to turbine, and offers the potential to sustain a 500kW turbine from this local renewable energy source.
Towards Zero Carbon Bute aims to explore and develop community-owned energy projects on the island, and to give people a say in the generation of energy locally while delivering wider social and environmental benefits.
Sustainable Oakenshaw in Co Durham are looking for the widest community participation possible in their efforts to create a community-owned renewable energy project that would bring an income to the local community so they can further invest in improving the area.
Another hydro project, this time from Transition Belper who want to explore and develop community-owned and run hydro power projects in the Derwent Valley world heritage corridor between Cromford and Derby.
Wey Valley Woodfuel is a Surrey-based community group which is keen to explore an energy project that raises money through community share issues to install biomass boilers and generate free heat energy for community spaces such as schools, churches and leisure centres.
An innovative scheme to tackle noise on the M40 and generate energy is the idea of the M40 Chilterns Environmental Group. The group aims to tackle issues of excessive noise pollution on a 20 mile section of the M40, while creating solar energy capacity through use of photovoltaic-enabled noise barriers.