About this group
to a community windfarm cooperative for Kirklees
Valley Wind Co-operative, a community group based in the Colne Valley, West Yorkshire.
Here in the Pennine valleys and uplands the first industrial revolution gathered pace over two hundred years ago.
Now, faced with the unprecedented challenge of climate change we hope to play an equally prominent part as a community in the development of a second sustainable, green technological revolution.
is simple: to do something positive and practical about climate change both as active citizens and to promote the economic security of our community.
We recognise that to conserve what we cherish most in our environment we must also embrace change.
is equally simple: to harvest the persistent winds that blow across our moorlands, valley tops and townships by creating a community-based wind-power cooperative.
We are seeking funding to prepare for the windfarm planning application. Over the next 12 months we need to apply for permission and erect a met mast to measure site wind speeds, complete bird and ecological surveys, and continue to invest in community engagement and involvement.
We have a large upland site. We are exploring its potential at the moment, hoping to put up the met mast soon. Once we have collected 12 months data we will be able to commission a detailed site design. If our plans come to fruition we expect, over the life of the project, to offset around 200,000 tons of CO2, the equivalent of that produced by the electricity useage of over 4,000 households. And to generate around 18,000,000 kw hours of electricity every year.
a windpower cooperative because this model of ownership has a track record of success and will spread the benefits of wind energy as widely as possible.
Wind co-ops are common in other European countries and have been successfully set up in parts of the UK. We are working in partnership with Energy4All, the Uk’s leading windpower development cooperative who have a successful track record of assisting wind coops to bring their plans to fruition, notably the recent Westmill development in Oxfordshire.
Once planning permission is obtained, Valley Wind Cooperative will issue a share prospectus. Those who successfully apply to invest will become members of the coop and will have will have an equal say in how the enterprise is run within a democratic structure - one member one vote.
Each potential investor will be able to apply for a minimum £250 to a maximum £20,000 of shares. ‘Friends of Valley Wind’ and people living within a certain radius will have first option on the shares. This is important because experience from similar schemes in other areas has shown that share offers are often oversubscribed.This means that many local residents will be able to join the green energy co-operative.
A proportion of the profits from the sale of green electricity will be distributed to members through an annual dividend. Experience from other windfarm coops shows that they can generate healthy returns for investors.
A dedicated income stream will also be managed by an independent trust as a community dividend, intended to support for example:
1. Future community renewable energy or energy conservation projects
2. Research into the potential of other locally based renewable energy sources
3. Protection and conservation of the flora, fauna and habitat of the local environment.
For more information on cooperative windpower schemes please visit www.energy4all.co.uk
We have already...
overcome many barriers and achieved much:
1. Taught ourselves about the key technical, financial, legal and planning requirements of the project
2. Gathered a group of committed, unpaid volunteers, drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and ages and registered as a Cooperative with the FSA
3.Undertaken surveys, consultations and activities proving support in the community. Our street surveys of local residents have been overwhelmingly positive
4. Identified a site and agreed an option and lease with the landowner
5. Successfully applied for and received initial development funding from Kirklees MBC and Future Energy Yorkshire
Now we are eager...
to develop the project and, over the next 12 months, gather data in support of a planning application by
1. Erecting a wind measuring mast (met mast)
2. Completing ongoing bird and ecological surveys
3. Further invest in community engagement and involvement
And that’s where you come in...
Because, we need your support to help get the money we need. To complete the above programme we need to secure substantial funding. And with government cutbacks effectively closing off our previous funding avenues, we urgently need new sources like the Energyshare Fund.
So please support Valley Wind Co-operative and vote for our bid today!