Harvesting the wind: community turbine starts making money
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
The 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.