Wind turbine plans revealed for pioneering community part-ownership scheme
23 August 2013
A public exhibition on 5th September will provide Wadebridge residents with an opportunity to find out about the proposals for a single 500 kW wind turbine at Burlawn, Wadebridge which has been designed to provide a legacy of social, environmental and economic benefits for the local community.
The plans have been developed by Clean Earth Energy, in partnership with Community Power Cornwall and Pengelly Farm, and will provide the local community with an opportunity to invest in clean green energy in addition to creating a 20 year community benefit fund and a package of services to support the local community.
Local residents are being invited to a drop-in event at Wadebridge Town Hall from 4-8pm on Thursday 5th September to find out about the proposed turbine, it’s social, environmental and economic benefits and opportunities to be involved in the allocation of the local fund. Feedback will also be sought how the community benefit fund should be spent.
Dean Robson, Managing Director of the Wadebridge based renewable energy company Clean Earth Energy, said: “We’re excited by the plans we’ve developed with Community Power Cornwall and hope that our pioneering approach to enable local residents to part-own the wind turbine, combined with the wider community benefits we’re proposing, will set a benchmark for other developers to follow.”
Paul Martin, Director of Community Power Cornwall said: “As a community co-operative we’re striving to be part of the clean green energy revolution while ensuring that the benefits of renewable energy projects are put into the hands of Cornish communities. This joint venture project has the potential to support a wider programme of low carbon activity in the local community and I’m looking forward to being able to talk to local residents about our plans and how they can get involved.”
Community Energy Plus is facilitating the public exhibition and information about these proposals and an opportunity to make comments will be available after the event on their website at www.cep.org.uk/consultations. Feedback is requested by 22nd September 2013.
Community Power Cornwall shortlisted for European Energy Action Award
20 June 2012
Community Power Cornwall has been announced as a runner-up for the Managenergy Local Energy Action Award from the European Union. The co-operative was one of only three innovative finalists out of a record 64 submissions from 23 countries.
The Managenergy Local Energy Action Awards are won by companies that show successful sustainable energy initiatives at local and regional levels. The pioneering co-operative that is Community Power Cornwall was established in response to the growing demand of local communities in Cornwall to address the challenges of climate change, energy security and rising fuel costs. It is a business model that is easily transferrable around the UK and more widely across Europe, hence its place in the final three. It is also designed in such a way that it does not rely on grant funding and is aims to raise its own capital, which ensures the continuity of the project.
Neil Farrington, Sustainable Energy Projects Manager at Community Energy Plus, the Cornish Social Enterprise which played an instrumental role in the creation of Community Power Cornwall in partnership with Kabin - the Cornwall-based co-operative development body, said: “It was a tremendous honour to be shortlisted for such a prestigious European award. Community Power Cornwall has already made massive strides in the delivery of a community-owned renewable energy projects which we hope will be a beacon of inspiration for other communities across the region and further afield. The recognition from Managenergy means that our achievements in Cornwall could now help to influence projects on a European scale which is a really exciting proposition."
Notice of Annual General Meeting - 28th April 2012
The Annual General Meeting of Community Power Cornwall Limited will be held at 4pm on Saturday the 28th April 2012 at the Meeting Room above The Barley Sheaf, Gorran, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6HN.
The business to be considered will be:
1) The receipt of the accounts and balance sheet and of the reports of the Board and executive.
2) Resolution to apply profits as close to plan as possible at discretion of the Executive.
3) Resolution to apply the audit exemption, subject to Rule 72 (c) & (b).
4) Election and appointment of Board Members.
5) Results of election and appointment of Board Members.
Anyone wishing to car share can let me know by noon on Monday the 23rd April 2012 and I will send out a block email to all those looking or offering car share.
The nearest mainline train station is St. Austell. If you wish to travel by train we are planning to book and pay for a taxi, maxi taxi or mini bus depending on numbers from St. Austell to the AGM. You will need to let me know by Noon on Monday the 23rd April 2012.
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Installation and funding update
30 August 2011
Our first two community owned 55KW Endurance E-3120 wind turbines have been installed at Tregerrick Farm, Gorran and are now generating power for the National Grid and earning an income.
We have raised £80,000 through our share issue, matched against underwriting of £60,000 and credit backing from Ecology building Society. Completion of money laundering regulations and printing of share certificates before the end of September 2011.
Last chance to support community-owned renewable energy initiative
Posted 3 June 2011
A pioneering co-operative venture which is striving to put the development and benefits of renewable energy projects into the hands of Cornish communities is urging potential investors to come forward to help ensure that the financial, social and environmental benefits of the initiative are kept within the county.
In the past twelve weeks Community Power Cornwall has raised over £30,000 through its public share issue but with the share offer deadline of 12th June looming, the co-operative is keen to encourage more individuals to commit their investment to help the community-ownership model achieve its objectives.
Community Power Cornwall’s initial share offer aims to secure funding for three wind turbines, with funding for additional developments to be secured from future share issues and other sources.
Shares in the co-operative are available until 5pm on 12th June at £1 per share with a minimum investment of £50 and a maximum of £20,000. Community Power Cornwall will take advantage of the financial incentives offered by the Feed-in Tariff and expects to pay shareholders a return of 1% in year one rising to 7% in year five. Surpluses made through the venture will also be allocated to re-investment in further local renewable generation capacity and community grants.
Neil Farrington, Co-Director of Community Power Cornwall said: “The more money that we raise through our share offer means that we need to borrow less from commercial lenders, ensuring that the financial benefits are enjoyed by shareholders in Cornwall. We’ve been successful in attracting investment from individuals who have knowledge of renewable energy technologies and investments but we’d really like to work with a broader group of investors united by a desire to support the development of community led renewable energy projects in Cornwall.”
Community Power Cornwall will be at the Royal Cornwall Show in the Green Energy Village, stand 256 on 9th to 11th June when they hope to attract additional support from sustainably minded show visitors.
Neil Farrington continued: “The final push is on to bring in another £40,000 through the share issue and ensure that the financial benefits for Cornwall aren’t diluted.”
Cornwall’s first community owned renewable energy co-operative launches share issue
Posted 14 April 2011
A pioneering co-operative venture to develop small to medium scale community owned renewable energy installations in communities across Cornwall has taken a major step forward with the launch of Community Power Cornwall’s first share issue.
Community Power Cornwall is blazing the trail for communities to take an active role in meeting their energy needs through renewable sources, while retaining financial, social and environmental benefits within the county.
The community co-operative, which is the first of its kind in Cornwall, has already secured planning permissionto site two Endurance E-3120 50KW wind turbines on land at Tregerrick farm, Gorran Highlanes.Community Power Cornwall’s first wind turbines are expected to be installed later this spring.
Planning applications have also been submitted for single 50KW wind turbines on land at the BF Adventure site at Halvasso near Penryn and RSPCA Cornwall’s Rescue Centre at Higher Quoit near St Columb. Community Power Cornwall’s initial share offer aims to secure funding for three wind turbines, with funding for additional developments to be secured from future share issues and other sources.
Community Power Cornwall’s first three wind turbines will generate up to 720,000 KWh of clean green electricity every year, which is enough to power 180 homes and will displace over 377 tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) a year from fossil fueled power generation.The emissions saved in one year alone would fill 2.3 Royal Albert Halls.
Shares in the co-operative went on sale on 12th March for £1 per share with a minimum investment of £50 and a maximum of £20,000. The initial share offer will close on 12th June.
The co-operative will take advantage of the financial incentives offered by the Feed-in Tariff to meet its objectives and while it does expect to pay shareholders interest on their shares, surpluses made through the venture will also be allocated to re-investment in further local renewable generation capacity and community grants.
Community Power Cornwall is working with Cornish communities to help them understand their energy needs and to enable residents to influence key decisions on technology choices and scheme scale.Host communities will also benefit from peer development programmes to transfer skills to participants and build capacity for communities to independently develop their own renewable energy and low carbon schemes.
Community Power Cornwall has evolved through community demand for ownership and integration of renewable energy technologies into everyday lives and settings.The co-operative’s development has been supported through a partnership between Cornwall’s sustainable energy charity Community Energy Plus and the Cornwall-based co-operative development body, Kabin.
Neil Farrington, Co-Director of Community Power Cornwall said: “Public awareness of the issues of climate change and energy security are at an all-time high and the technology, government policy and financial incentives are now in place to make our transition to a renewable energy future a reality.As these factors converge, Community Power Cornwall seeks to ensure that local communities are at the forefront of the clean green energy revolution, complementing developer-led schemes which are primarily financially motivated.We’re putting the interests of the community at the heart of our plans and the common ownership model we’ve created will contribute to a diverse, sustainable and secure energy supply infrastructure, under community control and for community benefit.”
Paul Martin, Co-Director of Community Power Cornwall, added: “The introduction of Feed-in Tariffs last year provided a boost to the renewable energy sector but there are numerous barriers preventing communities from developing and delivering their own projects.Community Power Cornwall removes the barriers while ensuring that the financial, social and environmental benefits extend far beyond shareholders’ initial investments. After three years in development, the launch of our first share issue is make or break time to ensure that communities take an active role in Cornwall’s renewable energy future and prevent domination in the sector by commercial developers.”
Community Power Cornwall has been working with Transition St. Goran for two years to develop the wind energy scheme which will become the first community-owned project to be brought to fruition.The share issue was launched at an event at Gorran Haven Village Hall on Saturday 12th March.
Ella Westland, who heads the Community Energy Group of Transition St. Goran, said: “I’m proud that Gorran is leading the way in this exciting co-operative venture. Cornwall’s resources have traditionally been exploited without the benefits being retained in the county, but our community-owned wind turbines will bring profits back to Gorran and to Cornwall. I look forward to using our experience to inspire and support similar projects in other communities.”
Cllr Julian German, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for Climate Change welcomed the development of community-owned renewable energy projects in Cornwall, he said: “Cornwall is at the forefront of the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy and it’s great to see communities taking an active role in developing their own renewable energy schemes and making a contribution to Cornwall’s ambitious renewable energy targets.”