How Cornwall is stopping communities becoming a soft target for nimbys

National planning rules do little to support community energy projects, despite their wider social and environmental benefits

When the Cornish village of Gorran High Lanes raised £80,000 in a share issue to install two 80KW wind turbines, the aim was to create their own sustainable energy source. But the turbines have produced other benefits for the community, with up to 3% of the revenue funding further eco-friendly initiatives. These have included insulating the village hall and installing LED lighting in the church.

Community-led projects like this are rare in the UK, accounting for just over 0.3% of energy produced from renewables. In Germany where community owned installations represent 46% of all energy produced from renewables they are mainstream.

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