Westmill, the largest community owned and built wind farm in the UK, is now powered up and generating green electricity for the community that owns it.
Set near Swindon, Oxfordshire, the £6 million project with its five 1.3MW turbines, will power the equivalent of 2,500 average homes for the next 25 years.
Fifteen years in the making, Co-op director and local farmer Adam Twine says: “Westmill Co-op is a superb example of what individuals intent on making a difference can achieve together. It’s very exciting that after such a long struggle the turbines are now up and generating green power”. Wind farm initiator, Adam continues, “If we are serious about addressing climate change, we need to be doing much more and more quickly. I hope Westmill will inspire other communities to take similar initiatives in their own locality and in their own way.”
The Westmill Co-op was set up in 2004 under the guidance of community green power developer, Energy4All. Its Chair, Andrew King says. “Energy4All is absolutely delighted at the construction of this revolutionary project; the result of many years of effort on the part of Adam Twine and hundreds of local people, who believe this is a vital contribution to the UK’s fight against climate change.
To register for further information on future community owned renewable energy initiatives please visit: www.energy4all.co.uk