26 Mar 2009 05:03:01
Community wind farm celebrates a year of operation
A community wind farm has provided enough electricity to power 2,500 homes over the course of a year, its operators have announced.
Westmill Wind Farm's five turbines installed on an old airfield in South Oxfordshire generated 11.5 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity during their first year in operation.
The wind farm has also repaid the embedded energy used in the manufacture, construction and eventual decommissioning of the facility.
The electricity generated by the 49-metre-high devices is sold through a Power Purchase Agreement to two separate electricity suppliers for a fixed term.
Money made from the electricity generation will be put towards encouraging the deployment of sustainable energy through education, low carbon communities and the arts within a 25 mile radius of the wind farm.
Westmill director Adam Twine said: "In its own small way, it's a successful, local initiative working to avert catastrophic climate change. We just need more."
The wind turbines could sell Renewable Obligation Certificates to licensed electricity suppliers, which are obliged to source 9.1 per cent of electricity from renewable sources in 2008-09, rising to 15.4 per cent by 2015-16.http://www.westmill.coop/westmill_windfarm.asp