Stunning Film to launch Awel Co-op Christmas Share Offer

Double BAFTA-Cymru winner, Mike Harrison, has made a stunning short film, capturing the moments that the blades are lifted onto one of the Awel Co-op turbines at dawn. The film can be seen here

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Dan McCallum, one of Awel Co-op’s directors said “Mike had to be on site at 5am and work in freezing conditions (along with the Enercon installation team) and we are very grateful to Mike for giving up his Saturday lie-in to produce this beautiful, atmospheric film. Mike is a member of the co-op and lives locally in Gwaun Cae Gurwen.

“What better Christmas present could there be than a co-owning a wind farm! Clean, sustainable and it’ll help ensure we can all celebrate future Christmases. Over seven hundred people have already joined Awel Co-op, and the share offer has been extended to Christmas Day.

Our Share Offer has already raised £1.53m which is the largest ever in Wales and we’ve secured a £4.7m loan from Welsh Government. As a co-op, it’s one member, one vote, irrespective of how many shares someone owns. We are offering a return of 5% to members which is much better than current bank rates. And you’ll be able to see where your money is going!”

Visit www.awel.coop for more information

Clean, Green and Michael Sheen!

Michael Sheen has congratulated a community wind farm which is due to complete the installation of two wind turbines this week.

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Michael said “It is fantastic to hear about the Awel wind farm which is located near Pontardawe in my own home patch of Neath Port Talbot. I attended and spoke at the launch of the Wales Co-op Centre’s Community Shares Unit on Friday. I enjoyed hearing the story of how Awel overcame many hurdles over the past 18 years and how we can both learn from their journey and back them as they move forwards. I hope Awel can inspire other communities across Wales that they too can utilise Welsh wind, water and sun to tackle climate change and a fairer provision of energy.”

Awel Co-op is now one of the case studies for the new Unit  – the pictures of the first turbine going up at dawn on Saturday are stunning.

Dan McCallum, one of Awel’s Directors said, “Our community share offer has already raised £1.35m and it closes on November 7th. We are offering a 5% return which is much better than the banks. Our members know that their money is invested in clean green wind turbines that they can visit and touch.”

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One of our members is Eric Bowen is 84. He was brought up on the Gwrhyd and worked all his life in the opencast coal mine at Tairgwaith, close to the wind farm. Eric said “I used to walk all these paths as a boy. I look forward to seeing the turbines up on the mountain. It’s good to be part of the future.”  Fay Rees from Gwaun Cae Gurwen (picture, centre) said “I will enjoy watching our wind turbines from the village”

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Dan added “The Welsh Government has already backed us with a £4.7m loan. People can join us from £50 and as a co-op member, it’s one person, one vote. We’d like as many people in Wales as possible to join us before November 7th. You can download an application form on www.awel.coop or phone 01639 830870 to get one in the post. ”

Dawn pictures by Awel member, Mike Harrison who lives in Gwaun Cae Gurwen, http://www.mikeharrison-dp.co.uk. All pictures may be reproduced, but please credit Mike Harrison

Turbine Deliveries

Our turbines from Swansea Port on the following days. There will be one delivery per day and we expect it to be coming through Pontardawe at about 10.30am each day. We will confirm this on Twitter, Facebook and the website each morning.Exact times may vary and depend on the police and port loading authorities.

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Date Day Time
10.10.2016 Monday 0930 – 1500
11.10.2016 Tuesday 0930 – 1500
12.10.2016 Wednesday 0930 – 1500
13.10.2016 Thursday 0930 – 1500
14.10.2016 Friday 0930 – 1500
15.10.2016 Saturday 0930 – 1500
17.10.2016 Monday 0930 – 1500
18.10.2016 Tuesday 0930 – 1500
19.10.2016 Wednesday 0930 – 1500

 

Awel wins national Community Energy Award

Awel Co-op has won an award as the best Community Energy Renewable Project in 2016. The Award covers all projects in England and Wales.

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Mary Ann Brocklesby, one of Awel’s Directors, said “We are absolutely delighted. There are now hundreds of fantastic projects being developed across the UK so it’s a huge honour to gain this recognition. We’ve been working on this community wind farm for 18 years and were there at the start of the community energy movement in the UK. It’s taken a long time, and we’ve had to overcome many setbacks, but it’s wonderful to see the wind turbines being built now and the support we’ve getting through our Share Offer. There is now over 150MW of community energy and £95m of community investment in the UK – we are proud to be part of this movement.

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We are also finalists in the Renewables UK Cymru Awards in the Outstanding Organisation category which will be announced on the 4th November  in Cardiff, and in the Social Business Wales Awards which will be announced in a ceremony at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea on the 28th September.

Dan McCallum, Awel’s project manager said “Community energy is one of the best ways to tackle climate change as it engages people in our energy system. It was fascinating to hear at the Community Energy Awards about the growth of community energy in Germany – 1,000MW of installed projects and £1.53 billion invested. There are now over 800 energy co-ops in Germany – see the graph below.

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There was a strong showing for Wales across the Awards with Anafon Hydo, Swansea Energy Coop, Cydynni and Cilgwyn being recognised @Anafon_Hydro @SCEES_Swansea #cilgwyn #cydynni.

“We want our wind farm to be owned by as many people as possible – it’s fantastic that you can co-own a wind farm from £50. As a co-op, it’s one member, one vote irrespective of how many shares someone owns. We are offering a return of 5% to members and all profits go into further community renewable projects.

We have already raised nearly £1.3m and are looking to raise £2m from our community share offer. Please join us by investing at www.awel.coop. “

 

Awel Co-op on BBC today

BBC Wales economics correspondant, Sarah Dickens, met some of our members on site. Sarah was looking at alternative investments now that the Bank of England has cut interest rates. Report on BBC website here and interviews with our members here – fast forward to the section with us which starts at 22.11 minutes into the programme. You can till invest and join us.

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You’d be very welcome to come and see our windfarm being built. We’ve got site visits on Thursday 8th Sept 8th at 2pm and Tuesday Sept 20th at 2pm. There are 10 spaces at each so please book asap by emailing info@awelamantawe.co.uk. We’ll be meeting at the site offices, off the A474, 3 miles north of Pontardawe. We’ll drive the 4km of track, see turbine foundations and the substation.

Our engineers from Raymond Brown Construction will be on site and there’ll be plenty of time to ask questions. There’ll also be a cup of tea and welshcakes.

Do watch our timelapse Wind-powered ‘Pick up Sticks’4 days work in 3 minutes! Progress and pictures of our community wind farm in our new Awelog.

Latest News in Awelog and more Open Days

We are delighted to share with you progress and pictures of our community wind farm in our new Awelog.

You’d be very welcome to come and see our windfarm being built. We’ve got site visits this Thursday August 11th at 2pm, Thursday 8th Sept 8th at 2pm and Tuesday Sept 20th at 2pm. There are 10 spaces at each so please book asap by emailing info@awelamantawe.co.uk. We’ll be meeting at the site offices, off the A474, 3 miles north of Pontardawe. We’ll drive the 4km of track, see turbine foundations and the substation.

Our engineers from Raymond Brown Construction will be on site and there’ll be plenty of time to ask questions. There’ll also be a cup of tea and welshcakes.

Do watch our new timelapse Wind-powered ‘Pick up Sticks’4 days work in 3 minutes!

Our Share Offer has gone brilliantly and we’ve now reached more than £1.2m. You can still invest and join us.

Hope to see you soon

Dan, Emily, Mary Ann, Brian, Suzanne and Carl www.awel.coop

Wind-powered ‘Pick-up sticks’ and Open Days

Do watch our new timelapse Wind-powered ‘Pick up Sticks’4 days work in 3 minutes!

We’ve got site visits next Friday 22nd July at 2pm, Tuesday 26th July at 10am and Thursday August 11th at 2pm. There are 10 spaces at each so please book asap by emailing info@awelamantawe.co.uk. We’ll be meeting at the site offices, off the A474, 3 miles north of Pontardawe. We’ll drive the 4km of track, see turbine foundations and the substation.

Our engineers from Raymond Brown Construction will be on site and there’ll be plenty of time to ask questions. There’ll also be a cup of tea and welshcakes.

You can read about construction progress and see pictures in Awelog.