Ingst wind farm community ownership plans forge ahead
PLANS for community ownership of the proposed M48 wind farm near Olveston are forging ahead.
In June, developer REG Windpower granted Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) an exclusive option to the buy the two turbines if or when they are built in Ingst.
After a first round of consultation, the co-op will hold a further drop-in session at Olveston Parish Hall in Tockington on Monday, September 9 (6.30pm-8.30pm).
BEC is also planning a coach trip open to all members of the public to the Bristol Port wind farm. The tour on Friday, September 13 will allow locals and prospective 'buyers' to learn more about energy generation.
REG Windpower had offered to pay between £14,400 and £20,800 per year – more than £500,000 over the wind farm’s expected lifetime – into a community pot.
As the new owner, BEC would commit to pay into a community fund.
The co-op has now set up a frequently asked questions page on its website www.bristolenergy.coop/faqs-about-the-m48-wind-farm.html It will be updated as the project develops.
To book a place on the coach trip email email@example.com or call 07503 372689.
The company has submitted an application to South Gloucestershire Council but it has yet to be considered by councillors.
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