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Clyde Valley residents urged to join energy co-operative

People in Carluke and Lanark are being invited to find out about an innovative community-owned wind project planned for the Clyde Valley.

The proposed site for Clyde Valley Energy Co-operative is in the Cartland Muir Plantation, between the towns of Carluke and Lanark. The project consists of two wind turbines, which will produce enough electricity to power 3,000 homes, or half of all homes in Carluke.

“Clyde Valley Energy Co-operative will be a wholly community-owned enterprise in which thousands of local residents can jointly own and benefit directly from the natural resource on their doorstep,” says Paul Phare, Scottish Development Manager at Energy4All.

Energy4All, is the UK’s leading expert in community owned renewable energy schemes, and will be hosting local meetings to unveil plans to create a co-operatively-owned wind project.

According to Paul Phare: “The community wind co-operative model with one member/one vote has been successfully developed at sites in the Great Glen, Sutherland, Aberdeenshire and on Skye. The co-operatives have become a source of local pride and bring real benefits to the local community as well as giving local people the opportunity to benefit from an attractive annual income.”

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