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WeSET hosted the opening event of Community Energy Fortnight on 24 August with Forum for the Future who is aiming to engage and inspire people about the wide-ranging benefits of community energy, and to generate support for a vision of community energy at scale in the UK by 2020.
Nearly 50 people were guided by a team of volunteers at Westmill Wind Farm and Westmill Solar Park to see this alternative energy generating site. The walking tour took people past the five 1.3MW wind turbines and into one of them and into the 30 acre solar park of over 20,000 panels.
Westmill wind and solar farm co-ops started as a small group of local people who wanted to make a difference. The co-ops now have almost 4,000 members who together turned those dreams into energy projects that now generate over 15GW/year of renewable energy and are 100% community owned.
Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET) is the charity set up by members of the co-ops to take forward that desire to make a difference. We carry out a wide range of activities, the core being educational work, supporting local energy conservation and renewable energy initiatives and arts projects. We encourage and facilitate visits to the site and every other year organise a larger event. We hope that you may feel inspired to join us or to do something in your community that help to work towards a low carbon future.