Community Wind Turbine
After 13 years, planning permission was finally granted for a community wind turbine to be erected at Trefawr Farm, near Llanfyrnach. The 700kW wind turbine was installed in October 2019.
The county ward of Crymych, where CARE has it’s home, is one of the two in Wales most at risk of fuel poverty. The income generated through selling clean electricity will help CARE to tackle that issue as well as supporting community facilities and households to reduce their carbon footprint, creating and supporting local green enterprises, and helping communities become more resilient to changes in climate by delivering training in land-based skills.
The turbine itself will also be open to local ownership, through a share offer, which will give local people the chance to invest in the project and receive financial rewards in the future. We are hoping to make a share offer available in 2021/22.
So far, the project has been supported and funded by grants from the Welsh Government’s Ynni’r Fro and Ynni Lleol schemes, and the Welsh Energy Service, as well as by a grant from Waterloo Foundation... and a lot of volunteer effort from CARE’s directors!