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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Community wind turbine - St Mabyn

A number of villagers in St Mabyn have been talking about how we could move towards becoming a low carbon community.
We're keen to find ways of becoming less reliant on fossil fuels like coal and oil, either to heat our buildings or to provide electricity. We'd also like  to make more use of renewable energy.
We all know how strongly the wind can blow in St Mabyn! So one idea we’re actively exploring is a community-owned wind turbine.
A community-owned turbine could provide an excess income of at least £30,000 a year to give general support to village organisations as well as help cut their rising electricity costs. This fund could also be used to introduce energy-saving measures throughout the parish and to install other renewable sources of energy such as solar panels.
This idea is still at a very early stage. There is no formal proposal and no set plan. However we have started to consider how a community-owned wind turbine could be financed. For instance, local residents and businesses would be able to invest in the project and get a good return over 20 years. We're also looking at where a community turbine might be sited.

If you're interested in finding out more about this initiative, please come along to the next meeting in St Mabyn Village Hall on Thursday 7 March at 7.30pm

In the meantime, you might like to have a look at what they're doing already in Ladock and Grampound Road, near Truro. Put Low Carbon Ladock into Google or go to http://www.transition-lgr.org/

Ian Kemp

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