Faced with a windfarm, the people of Fintry in Stirlingshire asked to add their own turbine – which now lights up the village
The people of Fintry in Stirlingshire know the warm glow that comes from doing it for yourself. Faced with a windfarm, they stunned the developers by asking to add their own turbine, which now lights up the village and funds its community life. A year later, they backed the doubling of the number of turbines, overcoming the opposition of planning officers. It is a too rare example. The vast majority of UK renewable projects are owned by the energy giants, and many are sited on the land of absentee aristocrats. When outsiders march in and profits march out, locals’ sense of their own place is violated. The likely result is a hardening of nimby attitudes; something a Guardian/ICM poll is set to explore. It needn’t be this way. In Germany, which produces far more green electricity, most projects are owned by communities and individuals, avoiding frozen attitudes. Gathering round a fire is an ancient act of community. Gathering round renewable energy is the 21st- century equivalent and can turn confrontation into co-operation. Enjoy the glow.
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