Westmill, located on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border, is unique with both wind and solar community-owned electricity generation on one site. Both projects were pioneered by farmer Adam Twine.

Westmill Wind Farm Co-operative, 100% community owned from commissioning, produces electricity 4,000 homes, generating around £1 million income a year.

Adam Twine was inspired by a trip to Denmark where 20% of the country’s renewable energy generators are owned by communities. Once the planning hurdle was overcome, nearly 2,500 people opted to buy shares in the five turbines; most living locally so reaping the financial rewards and feeling they have ownership of energy production in their area.

Westmill Solar Co-operative owns and operates the first community owned solar farm in the UK and is believed to be the largest community owned solar project in the world. There are over 1,600 members benefiting from a share of the project revenues and having a say in how the cooperative is run. It is expected to generate about the equivalent to a year’s electricity consumption of 1,400 homes, and enough to prevent 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

In future, we hope to be able to provide real-time data about wind, sun and output on this web-site. This is currently possible through the links to the external web-sites of each cooperative.

registered charity no. 1158820

Wind farm location: Westmill Wind Farm, Watchfield, Swindon, SN6 8TH - beside A420 and off B4508