Green power and local ownership in action
Bro Dyfi Community Renewables is a community owned renewable energy company. We currently own 2 wind turbines near Machynlleth in Mid-Wales generating clean electricity to the local distribution network. Our plan for the present is to keep the turbines turning although in the future we may consider other projects. We hope that this website will be of interest to our shareholders and also to other community groups who would like to set up their own renewable energy enterprise.
On the hill above the Dulas Valley in mid Wales our two community owned wind turbines can often be seen blowing in the wind, generating power that’s fed into the local electricty network. Operating since 2003, Bro Dyfi Community Renewables is an example of communities and environmentally conscious investors coming together to create and deliver local schemes that are a direct response to climate change, boost local regeneration and strengthen self-reliance.
Bro Dyfi Community Renewables (BDCR) is a community energy co-operative registered under the Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. We were established in 2001 as one of the first UK organisations to develop community-owned renewable energy projects. Following our creation a number of other community energy projects have taken off, often with different constitutional models and experiences. For more about our sister groups, other intiatives and information on community renewables please see here.
Our first community owned wind turbine, a Vestas V17 75kW second hand generator from Denmark, was up and running in 2003 (for update please see here) through investment raised from a share offer and with grant funding support from the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust, the Energy Saving Trust and ecodfyi.
After an epic struggle, our second wind turbine (a second hand Nordtank 500kW machine also from Denmark) started generating in December 2010. ‘Nora’, as she has become known, has been performing better than expected, all thanks to the wonderful wind! For more information on Nora please find out more here.
On this site you will find out details of how we have have got here and some helpful hints and tips on how to plot a course, so if you are interested in finding out more about our experiences and how our learning may help you please read on.