Bro Dyfi Community Renewables Ltd
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In the energy section
Bro Dyfi Community Renewables Ltd was formed in 2001 to create opportunities for the local community to benefit more from the use of the wind and clean sources of power.
Its first project was the 75 kilowatt Vestas wind turbine at Cilgwyn, on Forestry Commission land above the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).
It has been producing pollution-free energy since it was switched on by Cynog Dafis and Glantwymyn Councillors Hugh D Jones and Bill Owen in April 2003.
The first dividend to shareholders was paid out at the beginning of 2004.
Money is also passed on to the Community Energy Fund to benefit energy conservation and local people. Annual dividends of several hundred pounds are paid out in respect of shares bought by the Energy Saving Trust.
The second project is to replace the redundant prototype wind turbinre at Mynydd Glandulas with a refurbished 600kW Nordtank. You can follow progress at www.bdcr.org.uk.
See below here for further information about both projects and community wind more generally.
Here is the initial info about the second project
The share offer was oversubscribed and work began on site in September 2006.
Why do we do it?
To help combat climate change and create an income stream for the local community.
Wind power is a responsible way to produce electricity, particularly when we keep the profits local.
Who is BDCR?
The company currently has 55 individual shareholders, almost all living locally.
We are a community energy co-operative registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts.
We were established in 2001 to develop community-owned renewable energy projects.
The new Community Wind Turbine Project
Following the success of Wales' first community-owned wind turbine, Bro Dyfi Community Renewables (BDCR) is planning a second project - to replace the redundant MS4 prototype machine on Mynydd Glandulas above Machynlleth.
BDCR is negotiating the rights to operate a wind turbine on the site of the MS4 project on Mynydd Glandulas.
We will remove the old turbine and replace it with a slightly smaller refurbished 500 kW Nordtank turbine from Germany.
A new temporary track will be constructed from Cilgwyn Forest to the site to allow access for a crane and new equipment.
The existing foundation and grid connection will be re-used, thus minimising the disturbance from construction works.
Where will the electricity go?
Power generated by the new turbine will strengthen the local grid by feeding into the existing 11kV line on Mynydd Glandulas.
The power will be sold to the Non Fossil Purchasing Agency under an existing index-linked purchase contract.
Average annual production is estimated at 1,000,000 kilowatt-hours, equivalent to the typical average consumption of over 200 houses.
The electricity sales will be worth about £70,000 and will displace about 430 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
Where is the money coming from?
The project is estimated to cost £350,000.
The plan is to raise roughly 20% as a bank loan, 20% as grant funding, and the remainder from investors, both local and national, such as members of the Renewable Energy Investment Club (REIC).
What are the benefits to the community?
Shares bought by the Energy Saving Trust in BDCR's first project (the Vestas V17 turbine above CAT) provide local community regeneration organisation, ecodyfi, with income for a Community Energy Fund.
This promotes energy efficiency in the local area, including giving away energy-saving light bulbs.
Grant funding will provide ecodyfi with a more substantial share in the new project.
The annual dividends will provide long-term income to fund community regeneration initiatives, including carbon-saving transport.
Roughly half of the project cost will be spent locally and local shareholders will receive annual dividends.
How can I get involved?
The project is being developed by local renewable energy professionals.
We hope that REIC will offer its members the opportunity to buy shares in the project in the next few months.
Shares in projects offered through the Investment Club can only be bought by REIC members.
Membership is currently free and open to all and without obligation.
If you haven't got a membership form, pick one up from Ty Bro Ddyfi at 52 Maengwyn Street in Machynlleth.
Read about the Bro Ddyfi Community Renewables share issue and its wind turbine at Cilgwyn:
Press releases on the Bro Ddyfi Community Renewables wind power project:
An article on the social aspects of community wind power.
Duncan Kerridge 01654 781460; Tim Brewer 01654 703374
REIC www.reic.co.uk Andy Warrington 01654 705018