Pennine Community Power’s wind turbine in Blackshaw Head has hit the 100,000kWh generation milestone. That’s enough electricity to power more than 25 homes for a year.
The community benefit society, Pennine Community Power, installed the turbine four years ago, with a grant from Village SOS, part of the Big Lottery Fund, and investment by 66 local residents in the upper valley. Continue reading
In January 2014 the Coalition government announced its Community Energy Strategy. At the same time Calderdale Council’s Cabinet voted to accept proposals for the Council to set up a community benefit society, Calderdale Community Energy, in partnership with local third sector organisations like Hebden Bridge Alternative Technology Centre and Pennine Community Power.
The aim is to support the development of community renewable energy projects in Calderdale.
On Monday 27th January, Calderdale Council Cabinet voted to accept proposals for the Council to set up a community benefit society, Calderdale Community Energy, in partnership with local third sector organisations like Hebden Bridge Alternative Technology Centre and Pennine Community Power.
Calderdale Community Energy will support the development of community renewable energy projects in Calderdale.
On Monday 27th January, Calderdale Council Cabinet will decide on a proposal to invest £10K of Calderdale Council money in obtaining the legal and financial advice needed to set up an Industrial and Provident Society (aka a Community Benefit Society) that will develop community renewable energy projects across Calderdale.
After difficult negotiations with the energy regulator Ofgem about the suspension of their Feed In Tariff (FIT) payments, Pennine Community Power (PCP) has now had their FIT payments reinstated and backdated to when the suspension took place, in January 2013.
PCP has just been paid £5,432 for the period January to September 2013.
Time was, the proverb went “Where there’s muck, there’s brass.”
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The community wind turbine in Blackshaw Head has received its first Feed In Tariff payment. £1611 covered the period November and December 2012. This was for the generation of 5444 kWh of electricity, said Paul Wilson, treasurer of Pennine Community Power (PCP) – a Community Benefit Society with 65 members.
Pennine Community Power’s community wind turbine at Blackshaw Head is up and running, generating an income for the local community.
Pouring concrete for the PCP turbine's base
Pennine Community Power (PCP) reports that
“With only a day to go, we are just short of the target. We can proceed with what we have, but a couple more investors will mean that we can have all the preferred options on the installation.”
If you have a spare £250 in the bank, you can put it to good use by buying a community share in PCP’s community benefit wind turbine.
Around 50 people attended the Blackshawhead Environmental Action Team social last Saturday at the Newdy in Colden, and raised £455 for the insulation of the Chapel
Photo credit Craig/Bluplanet Photo
BEAT offered thanks to the people who donated prizes for the raffle, and to Newdy for feeding everyone.