10 Mar 2009 05:03:08
Community turbine paying for energy efficiency
A community-owned wind turbine is paying for energy efficiency improvements in a community dubbed the greenest village in Scotland.
The wind turbine owned by the community of Fintry stands along 14 other turbines on a wind farm.
It generates 8,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity a year, according to the Herald newspaper, and money generated from selling the energy to the grid is used to pay off its construction and administration as well as to fund community energy measures.
The Fintry Development Trust has already used some of the funds to insulate about half of the 330 homes in the community.
Energy consumption in the village has fallen as a result from 13,000MWh to 10,000MWh, reports the Herald newspaper.
And the trust is looking for other low-carbon solutions.
Fintry is off mains gas so a lot of people have oil or LPG, which are particularly expensive," Gordon Cowtan, of the trust told the newspaper.
"So we're looking at low carbon forms, whether it's wood pellet-fuelled boilers or ground source heat pumps. There are grants available for these, but the capital costs are typically still £6,000-£10,000, which is usually too much for people."
The project is an example of the decentralisation of energy supply which was recommended by the Committee on Climate Change as necessary for achieving renewables and carbon emissions targets.http://www.fintrydt.org.uk/