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Community Windpower

Wind projects by their nature are highly complex and involve significant financial risks, with relatively few projects that start going all of the way to completion. If you add the extra dimension of community involvement and the extra challenges that brings, a community wind turbine project can seem daunting. We are here to help guide you through the labyrinth and make sure your community wind turbine project starts on a sound footing.

  • These pages are aimed at landowners, groups of landowners and established community groups, and provide the key information you need to develop a community wind turbine project from scratch.

  • A comprehensive list of funding sources for renewable energy projects and community projects across the UK showing which stage the help applies to.

  • Help and guidance on whether to fund your project with a grant or a loan at different development stages, and the pitfalls of each funding method.

  • There are a whole range of commercial and benefit payment structures out there which all claim to be community projects – find out more to help you decide the best structure for you.

  • The UK Government support community renewable energy via their community energy strategy – find out more about this ambitious program.

  • Provided you have a good potential wind site, project economics, income and return on investment are favourable to the development – find out more.

  • Wind turbines work best in exposed locations however there are aesthetic reasons for locating a wind turbine in a less-exposed spot which may help in gaining planning consent.

  • Wind turbines can be divisive to communities. It’s essential that proper planning aspects are addressed so that projects can be reasonably sited and community opinion considered.

  • It may or may not be possible to use your renewable energy locally, or sell it on a private wire to another consumer, if not then the energy must be exported to the grid – find out more.

  • We have full project capability – from initial feasibility studies, through planning, construction and operation of your community wind turbine project. How can we help deliver your project?

 

Want to install a wind turbine?

If you are in the UK then take our Wind Site Self-Assessment - Step 1 of our modular Windpower Feasibility Study. It takes about 20 minutes to work through the basic checks to see if your site might be suitable, including:

  • Estimating wind speed
  • Checking proximity of nearby properties
  • Checking site access and approach roads
  • Investigating connection with the grid

If you are in the Republic of Ireland, or overseas, the first step is to consider our modular Windpower Feasibility Study, so please Contact us to discuss your site further.

Start the process here: Take the Wind Site Self-Assessment