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Fintry embraces renewable energy for a more sustainable future

Fintry, a small village of 300 households in rural Stirlingshire, is aiming to become a sustainable zero waste and zero carbon community.

Fintry became the first village in the UK to enter a joint-venture agreement with a wind farm developer when, instead of fighting plans for a 14-turbine development, the community convinced the developer to add an additional turbine for the village. Fintry now receives approximately £30,000-£50,000 a year in revenue from the wind turbine and is investing the money to the benefit of the entire community.

Fintry Development Trust manages the income stream from the turbine and has provided free insulation to more than half of the households in the village and is now embarking on new ambitious projects to eventually make Fintry a sustainable community.

Fintry Development Trust has now released a short documentary that uses the example of Fintry to show how communities can benefit from investing in renewable energy. Wind of Change follows the Fintry community as it carries out a number of these projects such as installing micro-renewable heating systems, planting a community orchard and opening a woodland area for the local primary school.

The 15-minute documentary was produced by Edinburgh-based filmmaker Cornelia Reetz, premiered at the UK Green Film Festival in Leeds and Glasgow, will be broadcast on the Community Channel, is available to watch above and at windofchangefilm.wordpress.com


User comments

  1. GK says:

    This is not really a comment, but for the benefit of communities and community groups and their development of pro-environmental activities, you may also wish to see: the Evaluation of the Scottish Climate Challenge Fund (Fintry was researched as part of the review) – http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/06/28142552/0

    ..and the Community Pathways site (though still being developed) which is a fantastic resource: http://www.communitypathways.org.uk/

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