25 years of wind power in the UK
The 21st December marks exactly 25 years since the UK’s first wind farm started generating clean electricity for British homes, offices and factories.
On this day in 1991, 10 turbines were switched on at Delabole onshore wind farm in north Cornwall, powering 2,700 homes a year. The project, now owned by Good Energy, has since been upgraded, more than doubling its capacity, thanks to rapid technological advances.
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Watchfield Village Hall Solar Appeal....
WeSET was one of the last community groups to successfully pre-register a solar PV array under the old Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates, enabling it to generate not only green electricity, but also money to help support local environmental projects. We have until 26 September 2016 to get the panels working or lose this opportunity for ever. Will you help by making a donation to our £18,500 appeal? Act now, and WeSET will match your gift. Click here to donate
Home Grown Energy Presentations....
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Watchfield Village Hall....
We have just launched an appeal for funds to raise £18,500 to put 10.1 kWp solar PV panels on Watchfield Village Hall. WeSET was one of the last community groups to successfully pre-register a solar PV array under the old Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates. This means that the array will be eligible for the better FiT so long as we can get the panels installed and commissioned by 26 September 2016. As well as the direct environmental benefits, the project effectively triples the value of any donation as it will also enable: - the provision of some free electricity worth about £30,000 over the lifetime of the panels for the hall which is owned by Watchfield Village Hall Management Committee. - the income from FiTs and exported electricity, providing WeSET with an additional long term income stream worth about £30,000 over the lifetime of the panels. To donate please click here to download the form.
2016 planned visit/open days....
The dates for scheduled visits & open days have now been released - Click on the 'Come & Visit' badge above.
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 15GWh/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.