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Harvesting the wind: community turbine starts making money

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Community turbineThe community wind turbine in Blackshaw Head has received its first payment. £1611 covered the period November and December 2012. This was for the generation of 5444 kWh of electricity, says Paul Willson, treasurer of Pennine Community Power - a Community Benefit Society with 65 members.

A further 2000 kWh were produced in January 2013, which will be worth a further £600. So far the wind turbine is producing according to expectations so that PCP will be able to deliver funding to the community as planned.

A breakdown of how much has been produced each day is available at www.powerinthecommunity.org, where there is also a live feed of how much the turbine is producing right now.

Pennine Community Power is willing to talk to other communities about doing renewable energy projects. There is a growing public interest in renewable energy. Every year the UK government does a survey of people's attitude to energy. The latest survey was published on 5th February and showed 82% support for renewable energy and only 4% opposed.

See also:

HebWeb News: Community wind turbine on track! (September 2012)

HebWeb News: Community Wind Turbine - share offer success: turbine operational by October (July-August 2012)