Around 100 people got a close up look at a wind turbine on Saturday (16th August) when Community Power Cornwall held an event to celebrate the launch of their third community owned wind turbine at BF Adventure at Halvasso, near Penryn.
Community Power Cornwall is blazing the trail for communities to take an active role in meeting their energy needs through renewable sources, while retaining financial, social and environmental benefits within the county.
The 10KW Aircon wind turbine that was installed at BF Adventure earlier this year has been developed by Community Power Cornwall and part funded by grants from energyshare and EDF Energy, a loan by the Low Carbon Society and community shares. It is helping the charity, which provides activities for young people, to reduce its energy bills. As a consequence the centre will potentially be able to provide adventure activities and education opportunities for up to 50 more disadvantaged children per year.
The event provided an opportunity for locals and visitors from across the county to find out about the inspiring work that BF Adventure does at the Goodygrane Activity Centre, along with the opportunities and benefits of community owned renewable energy generation as Community Power Cornwall’s second share offer is currently open. Shares in Community Power Cornwall, which developed the BF Adventure turbine and other renewable energy projects in Cornwall, are now available for £1 per share with a minimum investment of £50 and a maximum of £100,000. The share offer will close on 14th September.
Neil Farrington, Technical Director of Community Power Cornwall was encouraged by the public’s reaction to the new wind turbine and share offer: “We were delighted to hold the event with BF Adventure to promote their excellent work and the role that renewable energy is playing in the future development of their site and services. The small-scale wind turbine is already starting to have a transformational impact on the day-to-day activities of the adventure centre. Our current share offer provides an opportunity for individuals and businesses to own and benefit from the development of renewable energy initiatives and it was great to speak to many people who were interested in joining us and buying shares.”
The turbine is providing power to the Goodygrane site and importantly, Community Power Cornwall has helped the charity to install a 3-phase electricity supply which solves the activity centre’s current supply issues of regular heating, hot water and power to kitchen equipment.
For further information about Community Power Cornwall’s current share offer visit www.communitypowercornwall.coop