Magazine article New Internationalist

Sustained Energy

Magazine article New Internationalist

Sustained Energy

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Whether you love them or hate them, wind turbines are certainly visible. But if, when you see one you think of the money and jobs being created in the local area, you may realize that turbines bring many benefits that aren't immediately obvious.

Bro Dyfi Community Renewables (BDCR) was originally set up to meet local needs. Their first major project, in 2001, was to erect a 75-kilowatt wind turbine, owned by members of the surrounding community and selling the energy generated to CAT.

Community members founded the group and raised money for the project by selling shares, which pay an annual dividend. There was a maximum investment of [Symbol Not Transcribed]1,000 ($1,800) to prevent the group becoming dominated by one or two individuals. Many invested because they felt it was a good thing to do; others worked on the erection of the turbine in exchange for shares. …

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