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BF Adventure wind turbine bid gets funding
3:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
BF Adventure at Halvasso will soon be generating its own energy after funding was agreed for a 10kW wind turbine at the centre.
The charity runs activity sessions and breaks for disadvantaged, disaffected and disabled young people across Cornwall and the turbine at Halvasso, near Longdowns will help reduce the energy bills.
A loan in principle has also been agreed with Helford Energy Society, an independent community energy cooperative established to benefit people around the Helford River area. The group is aiming to build a micro wind turbine.
“We are really excited by what we will be able to do with our loan and very happy that our application has been approved,” said Neil Farrington of Community Power Cornwall.
“Our turbine at Halvasso is only very small but it will enable our energy co-operative to supply electricity to BF Adventure at about a third of the retail rate. This is a clear example of how community ownership can create significant and immediate benefits for local people. CPC exists to create social, environmental and economic benefits; each Kilowatt of generation capacity that we bring into community ownership furthers that mission.”
The Renewable energy schemes Halvasso and Helford will borrow the money from a revolving loan fund administered by The Low Carbon Society and supported by the Council’s Green Cornwall programme.
Councillor Julian German, Cornwall Council cabinet member for economy and culture, said: “I am delighted that Cornwall Council is helping to make these loans possible, enabling our communities to help themselves.”
The Low Carbon Society and Cornwall Council aim to run a second round inviting applications to the loan fund at the end of the year.
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