Community wind could be an interesting local opportunity for a transition group. It has a range of business models, all with their various ins and outs.
Daniel Black was at a recent conference on wind power in the UK’s South West, and forwarded some handy information on the subject, which Jake Burnyeat of the CIC Green Trust Wind has kindly updated and given us permission to share.
You can download the ‘Community Wind Brief’ which outlines the business models, and a Green Trust Wind flyer attached to this news item (below).
Here’s Jake’s outline:
A community wind project can provide material amounts of zero carbon electricity, and a source of income for further community initiatives. The ‘Business Models for Community Wind Power’ paper provides a basic introduction to the range of business models that are referred to as ‘community wind’, and the range of community benefit possible for each.
It is intended to help community groups and other stakeholders to understand what the options are for community wind power, and to provide a benchmark for assessing companies that might approach them with a community wind power offer.
It was produced by GreenTrust Wind, which is a new social enterprise wind power company, focussed on the South West.
Thanks to Daniel for bringing this up!