Ambition Lawrence Weston (ALW), a community charity, identified the potential to develop a wind turbine on nearby Bristol City Council owned land over 5 years ago. This will not only generate extra renewable energy but provide a long-term income to deliver the Lawrence Weston Community Plan, including tackling fuel poverty. Mark Pepper, who is Development Manager at ALW, said “We have 3,200 homes in Lawrence Weston, with some suffering from poor insulation and low-energy efficiency, which impacts on fuel poverty. We believe this is the tallest wind turbine to be given planning in England and as a deprived community, we are one of the first to endeavour with this type of project”.
The charity has set up Ambition Community Energy Community Interest Company (ACE CIC) to develop and manage the project. David Tudgey, Project Development Manager at ACE CIC, added “Residents have led and shaped the project and when surveyed have shown overwhelming support both for renewable energy and for this community led onshore wind turbine project”.
The West of England Combined Authority awarded a £500,000 capital grant to this innovative, onshore wind turbine in Avonmouth, Bristol as part of its Local Energy Scheme. The project is being developed by the local community in Lawrence Weston, working collaboratively with its partner organisations. The funding comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Residents have led and shaped this project which has been vital to its success so far.
- Gigawatt hours of energy generated per annum.
- Greenhouse gas emissions saved.
- Number of homes powered.