Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET) is an independent charity that promotes the deployment of sustainable energy through arts, education and energy projects, and supports others to deploy sustainable energy through grants and advice, primarily in a 25 mile radius of Westmill Wind Farm.
WeSET promotes education, inspiration and action through a range of activities including site-visits art projects, and grants to others. The Trustees and volunteers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic with a strong emphasis on practical advice. We also provide:
- Technical experts to encourage the deployment of alternative energy and sustainable lifestyles
- Practical advice on carbon-cutting measures and installation of carbon-free energy sources
- Limited financial support to local communities to install energy-saving measures, and
- Links to other like-minded organisations to widen the scope of support
While most of the Trust’s activities are intended to support local communities and individuals however, visitors to the Wind and Solar Farms have come from all over the UK and Europe, as well as Australia, USA and Azerbaijan.
The funding for WeSET comes from grants from the Westmill Wind Farm Co-op, Westmill Solar Co-op, and donations and bursaries from organisations and individuals. These are gratefully received enabling WeSET to fund visits, pen days, arts activities, the rich Education resource and a wide variety of practical support for Sustainable Energy Projects. We have put PV on Watchfield Pavilion, Watchfield Village Hall, helped fund insulation of Shrivenham Memorial Hall, and help fund the development of South Hill Solar.
The site with the 6.5MW Wind Farm and 5MW Solar Farm is a unique resource producing sufficient clean green energy equivalent to the electrical energy consumed annually by 4,000 households. WeSET is proud to be associated with the Westmill projects which we believe to be a beacon of what is possible when people come together to help improve the world we live in.