Cornish residents with an interest in community owned renewable energy schemes will have the opportunity to get close to the first two wind turbines financed by a Community share issue on Saturday 1st October.
Community Power Cornwall will be hosting a public launch event for its two Endurance E-3120 50KW wind turbines on land at Tregerrick Farm, Gorran Highlanes.
Between 1-3pm the pubic are invited to find out more about the installation and to get up close to the turbines and watch screenings of a short film documenting the installation.
The site entrance, which will be marked on the day, is on the main road North of Gorran Highlanes, before the signs for Tregarton Park campsite.
Community Power Cornwall has evolved through community demand for ownership and integration of renewable energy technologies into everyday lives and settings. The co-operative’s development has been supported through a partnership between Cornwall’s sustainable energy charity Community Energy Plus and the Cornwall-based co-operative development body, Kabin.
Neil Farrington, Co-Director of Community Power Cornwall said: “The launch event provides an opportunity for the co-operative’s members to see where their investment has been spent and for the wider public to find out about the financial, social and environmental benefits of the initiative”.
Paul Martin, Co-Director of Community Power Cornwall, added: “I’ve been looking forward to the launch of our first community-owned turbines for four years, which was when we first started to develop the idea of the co-operative. We’ve proved that the model for community ownership of renewable energy projects can work and look forward to demonstrating the contribution that co-operative can make towards securing a sustainable energy future for the people and communities of Cornwall”.