Here’s how to get your electricity from a new co-operative with medium-sized wind turbines on farms

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Posted Jul 8 2016 by Jon Halle of Sharenergy
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The Small Wind Co-op is a new co-operative, putting up three wind turbines on farms in Scotland and Wales. Anyone from anywhere in the UK can join – we’re offering good returns of 4.5% to 6.5% and even the opportunity to use the electricity generated in your own home. The minimum investment is only £100.

For a really quick (3 minute) introduction, see the video below. Because we are on Crowdfunder, this is our easiest project ever to join – you can buy shares or bonds online and it only take a few minutes.

Community energy has really taken off in the UK over the last few years,  giving people the opportunity to directly own green energy generation and bypass the big energy companies, while supporting local communities.

The Small Wind Co-op is a new co-operative set up by the team at Sharenergy – one of the UK’s foremost community energy organisations with over 30 successful projects under our belts, from Somerset to Shetland.

We’re building on that success, offering you the chance to co-own 3 wind turbines as part of a democratic, ethical organisation. You get a decent return on your investment (from 4.5% to 6.5%) and even the chance to use the electricity we generate in your own home.  Here are three reasons to join us:

1. A sound investment

You can join our co-op for as little as £100. And you can benefit from a new Government scheme, the Personal Savings Allowance, which means that for many people the projected returns (4.5% for bonds, 6.5% for shares) will also be tax free.

You can buy fixed-rate, fixed-term bonds or long-term shares with voting rights:

2. Your turbines, your energy

Our 3 wind turbines will be in windy spots on 2 small farms in Wales and Scotland, but you can choose to use the electricity generated wherever you are in the UK. It’s like having your own bespoke green tariff – you know exactly where your energy is coming from because you co-own the turbines.

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3. Co-operative ethics

Not only are we going to generate clean green electricity, we are a one member-one vote democracy using a proven legal structure. We’ll be contributing to local community funds to help others who live near our turbines, helping local people into employment and supporting community buildings.

For all the details of our project, our sites and our financial projections please see our share offer document.

You can invest via Crowdfunder here.

For more details see our share offer document linked from the Crowdfunder site or on our website www.smallwind.org.uk

Please do pass this on if you know somebody who might be interested. For any questions or suggestions please email us at [email protected] or call us free on 0800 043 4133