The UK has one of the best wind resources in Europe, making it an ideal place to construct a community owned wind turbine. Here is a list of community groups utilising wind to generate clean electricity.

Wind turbines range in size from small 5-10kW models, up to multi-MW large scale installations. All wind turbines must be accredited under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

There are a wide range of benefits to using a wind turbine in your community, these include -

  • Wind turbines are a mature technology with tens of thousands of successful installations operating across the country.
  • Well sited turbines can generate large amounts of low carbon energy and used to offset utility bills.
  • The feed-in tariff can provide substantial, predictable, long-term income which can be reinvested into the community.

Projects

Westmill Wind Farm

Westmill wind farm was the first in the South East of England and the first 100% community owned scheme in the UK. Rated at 6.5MW, its five turbines came online in February 2008. The wind farm produces low-carbon electricity in ...

Totnes Renewable Energy Society (TRESOC)

Totnes Renewable Energy Society (TRESOC) is a community benefit society formed by a group of local residents. Its aim is to empower the local community to develop and control its own renewable energy supplies and to ensure that the maximum ...

A Guide to connecting to the electrical network for community energy groups

This guide is for non-technical people who wish to get an electricity connection for new community generation schemes. It provides an introduction to the grid and an overview of the application process for different types of new energy generation relevant ...

Small Wind Co-operative

We're putting up farm-scale wind turbines in Wales and Scotland. You can join us by buying bonds or shares, and you could even use the energy we generate in your own home

How to identify suitable areas for onshore wind developments

CSE has produced a 32-page guidance note designed to help community groups identify suitable areas for onshore wind development in their Neighbourhood Plan. This is in response to a change in the planning regime that came into effect in June ...

Connecting Community Energy: A guide to getting a network connection

This national guide written by Regen SW on behalf of the Electricity Networks Association (ENA) is for people developing community energy projects who want to get a connection to the electricity network. It provides an introduction to the electricity network ...

Shared ownership

CfR is helping communities and renewable energy companies work together to develop and deliver shared ownership models for MW-scale solar and wind projects. The CfR team has extensive experience of advising both commercial renewable energy developers and local energy enterprises ...