Over 60 investors and members of the public came to our first Open Day since the turbines were fully operational. Over 200 came last year during the construction. We think this suggests a lot of people like wind turbines, especially ones you can own!
Our Open Day was part of Community Energy Fortnight. Views were spectacular down to Swansea Bay with the North Devon Coast clearly visible. Even the Preselis in Pembrokeshire could be seen.
We’ve now generated nearly 5 million kwh of clean power since the turbines were commissioned at the end of January.
Community Energy Fortnight also saw the release of State of the Sector report in Manchester last weekend, which showed the sector has mushroomed to a staggering £190 million.
- At least 30,000 people have invested in community energy groups
- The movement has built 188 MW of renewable energy capacity
- Less than ten community energy organisations existed in 2010. 222 community energy groups now exist across the country
Most of the cash raised has been through co-operatives (186 of the 222 organisations surveyed were Community Benefit Societies, a form of co-op like Awel). This helps show a long-term grass-roots commitment to renewable energy.
Awel’s share offer is still open @5% annual return until the end of July. Do join us!