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Exhibitions planned for wind turbine scheme

A non-profit body wishing to set up two wind turbines on a site near Torquay is staging a series of public exhibitions over the plans.

Energy4All plans to site two 77-metre high turbines near Kingsbridge and has already applied for planning permission for the first stage of the project. The group supports community-owned energy projects, supplying the specialist knowledge to allow local co-operatives to purchase a stake in their local power supply and receive an annual share interest payment from the income earned.

The public exhibitions are planned to inform the local community about how the projects will work, and introduce the idea of a Devon-wide wind energy co-operative.

John Malone, development director at Energy4All, said: “The Devon Community Wind Co-operative will offer the opportunity for Devon residents to purchase a stake in the projects and so receive an annual share interest payment from the income. Membership of the co-operative provides an opportunity for people to engage in an active way with the issues of climate change and energy insecurity. The project will also provide a fund for use by local communities on energy efficiency and climate change awareness projects. Therefore, I would encourage people to visit the information sessions.”

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