Westmill is a working organic farm. The Westmill Wind Farm Co-op was the first 100% community owned onshore wind farm to be built in the south-east of England.
The five turbine site at Watchfield, Swindon, SN6 8TH was commissioned in March 2008. On an annual basis the wind farm will produce on average 10.2GW hours of electricity; enough to power 2,500 average homes and avoiding 5,000 tonnes of CO2.
In the last five years over 10,000 people have visited our community owned windfarm at Westmill.
Watch the video below to find out about the difference community ownership makes.
In October 2012 a community-owned solar-farm was created on the same site. Details of Westmill Solar Co-op are here.
FACTS ABOUT THE CO-OP
|8 Directors, each of whom carry out roles that deliver specific support to the benefit of the Co-op|
|The Board appointed Energy4All to carry out the day-to-day management & administration of the Co-op|
|Profits from the 5 turbines are distributed to community funds, such as sustainable energy and educational activities along with share interest to the members.|
|5 Turbines generating on average 10.2 GWh per year|
|5,000 tonnes of C02 each year|
|In 2004 Westmill won the award for Best Renewable Energy Initiative in the South East sponsored by the Countryside Agency.|