7b. Act with restraint and efficiency when using energy, and rely increasingly on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
I wanted to integrate my values into my work so I started to look into the possibility of energy generation from the land I farmed.
But the wind turbines are owned by local people and I hope the solar park will be too. That’s the bit that’s most exciting to me.
Adam Twine, organic farmer and social entrepreneur
I’ve seen them in the distance but never been quite as close. People said they were noisy but it’s just incredibly quiet.
Sarah Wood, local resident
Come to any event where there are Westmill co-op members and you will see why community ownership is such a powerful idea. People feel empowered and so proud to own their own green energy supply.
It’s a fantastic model for communities everywhere in the UK and Energy4All is proud to have helped make it happen.
Andrew King, Chairman, Energy4All
People feel empowered and so proud to own their own green energy supply
Westmill Wind Farm Cooperative was established in 2004 on an organic farm owned by Adam Twine. The five 50 metre high turbines near Swindon generate enough electricity for 2,500 homes. It is the first wind farm co-operative in England which gave local people, as a matter of priority, an opportunity to invest in the production of renewable energy.
The share launch and project development was managed by Energy4All, a social enterprise that was established to provide support to co-operative renewable energy schemes around the UK.
The 5MW solar farm next to the wind turbines at Westmill went live in July 2011 after eight weeks of construction. The installation consists of 20,620 photovoltaic modules making it one of the largest solar farms in the UK. The solar farm is providing the equivalent to a year’s electricity consumption for 1,000 homes in Oxfordshire.
7. Adopt patterns of production, consumption, and reproduction that safeguard Earth's regenerative capacities, human rights, and community well-being.