3D modelled representation of the turbine in situ
The turbine will be built on land owned by Bristol City Council near to Severn Road in Avonmouth
Closing finance on the wind turbine project coincided with the Regen Awards ceremony. Here, the ACE team are accompanied by the Thrive Renewables and Regen staff.
Ambition Community Energy Wind Turbine Achieves Financial Close
The wind turbine has received funding from Thrive Renewables, Bristol & Bath Regional Capital, other local lenders, and a £0.5m grant from WECA via the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Groundwork will start in June and the commissioning of the turbine is expected in Spring 2023. With a maximum capacity of 4.2 MW, the 115m diameter, 150m tip height Enercon turbine will be capable of generating enough power for about 3,000 homes – the equivalent to Lawrence Weston’s domestic use – and will save almost 120,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over its lifetime.
The project will provide a new revenue stream for the local community in Lawrence Weston, as all profits from electricity sales will be reinvested back into the area, acting as a driver for regeneration.
Planning Approval Granted for Onshore Wind Turbine
On the 8th July 2020, ACE’s planning application, supported by comprehensive and detailed Environmental, Ecological, Transport, and Community reports, received a unanimous vote for approval from Bristol City Council’s Planning Committee. The turbine approved has a maximum tip height of 150m. It is to be built on Council land at the site shown. The permission was granted for 25 years from commissioning.
Grid Connection Secured
In August 2019 ACE secured a grid connection agreement with Western Power Distribution for an 11kV supply to the turbine site. The works include the provision and installation of HV cable and substation equipment. ACE will carry out the necessary civil works and installation of the private 11kV cable from the turbine to the substation.
ACE secured an exclusivity agreement on the use of the land from Bristol City Council in 2019.
The ACE Team
ACE are a small, effective team:
- Mr David Tudgey – energy champion and activist
- Dr Charles R Gamble – Engineer and wind energy expert.
- Mr Mark Pepper – Local Resident and Chairman of Ambition Lawrence Weston
- Mr Roger Sabido – Local Resident and Board Director
- Dr Andrew Garrad – Engineer and businessman and one of the pioneers of the modern wind energy industry
- Wilf Burke – Local Resident and retired Chief Financial Officer.
First Class Consultants
ACE have been supported by local consultants specialising in environmental assessments, ecology, planning, wind resource and more. They include
- Everoze Partners
- Pegasus Group
- The Landmark Practice
- Womble Bond Dickinson
Board of Directors
We are delighted to have as directors persons with excellent skill sets in finance, wind energy, community and technology. Board members include:
- Dr Andrew Garrad cofounded Garrad Hassan consultants and was Chairman of Bristol Green Capital.
- Mark Pepper leads ALW and is a talented and effective community organiser successful in raising significant funds for his community.
The strong support of the Lawrence Weston Community and Avonmouth Ward has been continuous throughout the development, and was evident in the many letters of support.