A community-owned wind turbine will be built on land near Bristol to provide renewable energy to thousands of homes. Profits will fund a development plan for Lawrence Weston, including a £1.7m community hub providing training, social support and debt advice. Community team Ambition Lawrence Weston hopes the 492ft (150m) wind turbine will be working by spring 2022. Team member Mark Pepper said: “Our hope is that residents also benefit from lower energy costs.” The wind turbine will be built on Bristol City Council-owned land in Avonmouth and produce enough low-carbon electricity to power 3,500 homes, making CO2 savings of 1,965 tonnes a year, it is claimed. There will also be an on-site Energy Learning Zone for schools and communities to learn about renewable energy. The project has now had secretary of state approval after being granted planning permission by the council in July.
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