Wadebridge, Cornwall, United Kingdom

In Cornwall, landowners at Pengelly Farm near Wadebridge, wind developers Clean Earth Energy and community society Community Power Cornwall set up a joint wind energy venture to establish a legacy of social, environmental and economic benefits for the local area. The partnership has allowed local people to invest in clean energy, in addition to creating a substantial 20-year community benefit fund to support the local community more broadly.

The partnership – Pengelly CE Turbine Ltd – bought an EWT DW54-500kW turbine with 50 m hub height. Pengelly owns and operates the EWT wind turbine, which generates electricity for on-site use as well as electricity sale into the local grid network. This is generating capital which is then re-invested locally in renewable energy projects, nurturing the spread of community-owned renewable energy generation.

In one year, the community fund benefited 19 regional and local causes, ranging from local scouts, sports, wildlife and social clubs to schools, music and the Cornwall Young Farmers Association.

Project specifications

Location:                                  Plymouth, UK

Wind Turbines :                      1

Type:                                         DW54-500

Hub Height:                             50

Commissioning date:             May 2014