March 4, 2013

South Brent Wind Turbine Seeks Extra Investors

South Brent Community Energy Society are holding a number of open evenings over the next two weeks where they will be seeking additional funding for the construction of a "medium size" wind turbine near the Marley Thatch Farm solar park. Note that unlike the community wind turbines proposed by TRESOC for just up the road near Totnes, the South Brent project has already received planning permission from South Hams District Council. What's more SBCES have already raised over half the anticipated construction costs of £420,000. The purpose of the forthcoming meetings is to try and raise the rest of the required capital from small investors in the local community. They hope thereby to avoid having to follow in the footsteps of the much larger Westmill Community Wind Farm, that needed a top-up loan from Co-operative Bank.

I shall be attending the first such meeting, albeit at rather short notice! It's going to be held in South Brent village hall starting at 7:30 PM tomorrow, Tuesday March 5th. The other meetings will be held in Ivybridge on Friday 8th, Bovey Tracey on Tuesday 12th, and Buckfastleigh on Wednesday 13th. If you do attend one of these meetings and decide that you would like to invest, the deadline for applications is March 22nd. Watch this space for our report on how things go tomorrow in South Brent village hall.

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