Balancing donations from 2017 have been invested in a community owned wind turbine in the Forest of Dean. The project, Resilient Energy Alvington Court Renewables (REACR) supplies clean electricity to the local community, helping to cut fuel poverty and avoiding the carbon-intensive burning of fossil fuels. The project also offers a fund to support local projects that are working to build community resilience, especially around reducing fuel poverty through energy efficiency and energy education.
The 500KW wind turbine in Alvington creates 1,550 MWh per year, powering 350 local homes with clean electricity and saving 731 tonnes of CO2 each year. The turbine is owned by Resilient Energy Alvington Court Renewables (REACR), a Community Benefit Society committed to making a positive difference locally in addition to the environmental benefits directly associated with the generation of renewable energy. REACR invest surplus from the operations of the turbine in a community fund, which supports local projects: over the last few years they have supported local schools to buy equipment, helped repair the local church and provided resources for a community playing field.
REACR has received two thirds of the balancing donations made by festivals, audiences and suppliers in 2017, remaining donations are being invested in more UK based renewable energy projects which we’ll share with you soon.